Texting4Health Initiative 1-10 July, 2009

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) is proud to present Texting4Health - a pilot mobile health initiative realized in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Uganda and Text To Change (TTC). The initiative was held in conjunction with the 2009 Annual Ministerial Review of the UN Economic and Social Council, which focused on the implementation of the internationally agreed goals related to global public health.

The objective of the Texting4Health initiative was to draw attention to the enormous potential of m-Health in promoting the achievement of health-related goals and create a momentum to foster the adoption of m-health solutions by:
  • Demonstrating new ways to collect information in real time through m-polling;
  • Showing that mobile communication can be a powerful tool to assess knowledge of crucial issues such as disease transmission and prevention; and
  • Strengthening citizen's awareness and literacy on health issues.
The Texting4Health campaign was launched on July 1st, 2009 in the Jinja region, the second commercial center of Uganda. The initiative, which ran for 10 days, encouraged the local population to participate in an m-Health quiz on public health issues relevant to their country. The campaign reached more then 10,000 mobile phone users.

2009 - Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations