Patricia Mechael, who completed her PhD at LSHTM in 2006 on the health-related uses of mobile phones in Egypt, recently published a co-edited volume with Jonathan Donner from Microsoft Research entitled: *mHealth in Practice: Mobile technology for health promotion in the Developing World*.
She is Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance hosted by the UN Foundation and a faculty member at the Earth Institute and School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
This book, published by Bloomsbury Academic, responds to the explosion of interest around the application of mobile communication technologies to support health initiatives in developing countries (mHealth). As a result, there is a need to promote and share rigorous research for better informed policy, programming, and investment. There are, however, few platforms for the exchange of information and proven practice between practitioners and researchers.
The subtopic of prevention, well-being, and health promotion within mHealth is particularly ripe for deeper exploration. While many reports tout the potential of mobiles to influence behaviour change for health, there is limited knowledge about what works (and what does not work), and about how to evaluate current and future programs. This is a focused edited volume with contributions from leading researchers and practitioners to identify best practices in using mobile technologies to promote healthy behaviours (and reduce unhealthy ones) in resource-constrained settings with a special focus on developing countries.
This topic is inherently interdisciplinary. Though the opportunities to leverage mobile phones for health are new, the challenges confronting researchers and practitioners are well-established and theoretically complex, with roots in decades of work on mediated behaviour change campaigns and theories.