The workshop is part of the WHO/ITU ‘Be He@lthy, Be Mobile’ initiative that encourages broad collaboration between universities, governments, private sector, NGOs to support efforts to address Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) globally. The workshop focused on how to scale up the use of mobile technologies for the prevention and management of tuberculosis and tobacco consumption using a human-centred design approach.
Invitees included country representatives from Ministries of Health and telecommunications, academics working on mHealth, academics working on TB & Tobacco, technology and design experts, WHO staff, ITU staff, Be He@lthy, Be Mobile secretariat staff, global experts on mobile tobacco cessation and mobile TB support, companies, bilateral and multilateral agencies supporting the Be He@lthy, Be Mobile initiative.
The workshop aimed at increasing knowledge about the links between TB and Tobacco and the understanding of the roles that mobile phones can play in the control of TB-Tobacco. It established a network of experts and partners that can support the Be He@lthy Be Mobile initiative to develop an mHealth for TB-Tobacco Handbook and a pilot programme for countries and started the development of the messaging content for mHealth for TB-Tobacco programme based on a human centered design approach.