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Your Name and Title: Dr. Chris Hagar 

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School of Library & Information Science, San Jose Sate University 

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: UK

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): those interested in mobile technologies; health care information; digital inclusion; crisis information management 

Short Session Description (one line): This presentation reports on the initial stages of the Mobile Health Information For All by 2015 project. 

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

This presentation reports on the initial stages of the Mobile Health Information For All by 2015 project part of Health Information For All (HIFA2015) – follow-up to the keynote delivered at Library 2.013 by Dr. Neil Packenham-Walsh, Coordinator of HIFA2015.

Everyone needs healthcare knowledge and timely access to healthcare information to protect their own health and the health of others. Basic healthcare knowledge can and must be made available, when and where it is needed, for all citizens. This is especially important in low-income countries, where health workers may not be available. Thousands of lives could be saved every day if all mobile phones had basic healthcare knowledge (including and especially first aid information, and maternal and child health information). In low-income countries, and especially among those who are poor and marginalized, the fate of people who become ill or injured is highly dependent on the decisions and actions of their fellow citizens or family members. These decisions and actions are largely dependent on the level of basic healthcare knowledge and the availability, or otherwise, of basic healthcare information. What is needed is timely and affordable access to relevant, reliable, easily assimilated and actionable healthcare knowledge. Mobile phones, for which there are over 4 billion (and growing fast) in developing countries can provide the means to fill this gap.

The goal of the Mobile Health Information For All project is that, by 2015, at least one telecoms provider, in at least one country, will endorse the vision of Health Information For All, and will provide free access to essential healthcare knowledge in the local language, preloaded on all new mobile phones they may sell and freely downloadable to all those who already have mobile phones. The project will engage  and collect data from the 10,000 members of the HIFA Discussion Forums and will stimulate discussion on a range of topics, including: the importance of health videos in local languages; the role of national and regional governments in mHealth programs, and what content is available in the public domain for parents, children and citizens? The project will explore what drives health-related behavior change, to ensure that information produces action.

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