Previewing the Mobile Health Summit

The 2012 GSMA-mHealth Alliance Mobile Health Summit kicks off in Cape Town, South Africa this week. At the conference, mhealth practitioners from around the world will swap stories, share ideas, show off their new wares and discuss how mobile platforms are reshaping the global health landscape.

The mHealth Alliance previewed the conference for reporters. You can listen here.




Washington, DC (May 21, 2012) – The 2012 GSMA-mHealth Alliance Mobile Health Summit is the largest mobile health (mHealth) event in the global south and will take place in Cape Town, South Africa May 29 – June 1. This year’s themes are scale and sustainability – two critical issues to the advancement of mHealth around the world. We invite you to join experts for a teleconference as they discuss the role of scale in mHealth from four unique perspectives.

While mHealth has seen a wealth of trials and pilot studies, one of the most pressing questions has been how programs and initiatives can reach scale. Whether or not you are able to join the Summit’s sessions in Cape Town, challenges around scale will be a topic that experts and practitioners strive to overcome. Listen to experts who will be speaking at the Mobile Health Summit and get your own questions answered.
The Mobile Health Summit is aimed directly at the heart of the mHealth ecosystem. The Summit will deliver a thought-leadership conference program that will cover the hottest topics in mobile health: from service-provider business-models and MNO partnerships, through regulation and privacy, to on-the-ground innovations that are saving lives. On this call, experts will discuss the issue of mHealth reaching scale from the perspectives of mobile operators, the private sector, NGOs, and public-private partnerships.

Chris Locke
, Managing Director, Development Fund at GSMA
Chuck Parker, Executive Director, Continua Health Alliance 
Alice Lin Fabiano, Global Program Manager, Johnson & Johnson
Joanne Stevens, MAMA South Africa, Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA)
Colin Abouchabki, COO, Praekelt Foundation [TBC]

Moderator:  Robin Miller, Project Leader, Dalberg Global Development Advisors


About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Congress. For more information, please visit Mobile World Live, the online portal for the mobile communications industry, at or the GSMA corporate website at

About the mHealth Alliance
The mHealth Alliance champions the use of mobile technologies to improve health throughout the world. Working with diverse partners to integrate mHealth into multiple sectors, the Alliance serves as a convener for the mHealth community to overcome common challenges by sharing tools, knowledge, experience, and lessons learned. The mHealth Alliance advocates for more and better quality research and evaluation to advance the evidence base; seeks to build capacity among health and industry decision-makers, managers, and practitioners; promotes sustainable business models; and supports systems integration by advocating for standardization and interoperability of mHealth platforms. The mHealth Alliance also hosts Health Unbound (HUB), a global online community for resource sharing and collaborative solution generation. Hosted by the United Nations Foundation, and founded by the Rockefeller Foundation, Vodafone Foundation, and UN Foundation, the Alliance now also includes HP, the GSM Association, and NORAD among its founding partners. For more information, visit