mothers2mothers (m2m) is pleased to announce that we have been invited to serve as a member of the African Union Commission’s (AUC’s) Digital Health Strategy Taskforce.
The purpose of the taskforce is to draft a Digital Health Implementation Strategy for the African continent, which will then be reviewed by the senior leadership of the AUC, and subsequently considered for adoption by African Union Member States.
We are proud to be a civil society participant in this important work to strengthen health research, innovation, and technological capabilities, in order to deliver the Africa Health Strategy 2016-2030.
The inclusion of m2m on the taskforce recognises our significant, and growing, digital health footprint and expertise. We believe strongly in integrating in-person and digital tools for the best possible health outcomes. This commitment plays out daily across the continent, where our nearly 2,000 frontline staff across 10 nations use smartphones and bespoke apps to reach clients in-person and by phone, ensuring hard-to-reach communities get the health services they need; that people start (and stay) on any required treatment; and keep returning for care.
m2m’s WhatsApp chatbot—the Virtual Mentor Mother Platform—offers important health information in almost 30 languages, and is an important resource for communities to access timely and trusted health information. We also use this integrated digital and personal approach to measure the impact of our work and evolve our programming.
m2m is represented on the taskforce by Kathrin Schmitz, Director of Programmes and Technical Services, and Bob Mwiinga Munyati, Policy Manager. The remit of all taskforce members is to review and provide specialised input to the draft strategy, which is due to be finalised in April 2022.
Through this engagement, we hope to play our part further in building a healthier, more prosperous future for all Africans.