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Online training course Mobile Phones for Sexual and Reproductive Health "MHealth4SRH" 2013

organised by
the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research
WHO Collaborating Centre in Education and Research in Human Reproduction

4 March- 22 April 2013

The Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER) offers an online training course Mobile Phones for Sexual and Reproductive Health - “MHealth4SRH”. The course is designed for professionals working in the domain of sexual and reproductive health or in information and communication technologies. Preference will be given to applicants who are willing to collaborate with other applicants from their country in order to form teams that prepare the relevant course assignments together.


  • To describe why and how mHealth is revolutionizing health care in general.
  • To provide examples of successful mHealth approaches for sexual and reproductive health - those providing solutions for community members and those empowering health workers and those where mobile devices are used for data collection and transfer.
  • To explore the research needs relating to mHealth for sexual and reproductive health and how to respond to these needs.
  • To provide a framework for planning for a mHealth initiative on sexual and reproductive health.


  • Course is facilitated by Dr Heli Bathija and includes many guest experts as on-line presenters.
  • Six training modules with online lectures, resources and assignments.
  • Community of practice with online forums.
  • Quizzes.

Duration of course

Six weeks – one module per week - including a study break between 25 March to 1 April.

Summary of the course content

Module title

Sub-units of module

Date of start of the module

1. Introduction

4 March

What is mHealth

Why mHealth is important

Growth trends in mHealth

2. Policies, strategies and standards for mHealth

11 March

Processes for initiating and development of policies and strategies

Governments responsibilities

Role of WHO and partners

3. Overview of successful projects and programmes of mHealth for SRH

18 March

Facilitating community access to information and care

Empowering health personnel

Strengthening data gathering and information sharing

4. Monitoring and evaluating mHealth for SRH projects and programmes

8 April

M&E Methodologies

Research Needs

Presenting results

Costing mHealth

5. Planning for new mHealth for SRH initiatives

15 April


Importance of integrating


Budgeting and funding

6. Way forward

22 April

Sharing of learning experiences

Announcing results of assignments

Describing individual and team future plans

Optional module 1:
Psychosocial aspects of mHealth and Fostering Change

8 April

Barriers at individual and institutional level for mHealth

Principles for fostering change

Optional Module 2:
Essential surgical care for Obstetrics, facilitated by mHealth approaches

15 April

Introduction of The WHO Integrated Management for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care e-learning toolkit

Tool for Situational Analysis to Assess Emergency and Essential Surgical Care


  • GFMER members: 200 CHF.
  • non-GFMER members registering by 1 February: 300 CHF.
  • non-GFMER members registering after 1 February: 400 CHF.


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