Understanding information needs
'Theme site on Ebola Communication and Media as a coordinated and independent way to (a) gather and share the knowledge being generated in support of everyone's work and (b) to discuss and debate the best ways forward from a communication and media perspective'.
Though hundreds of mHealth pilots have been developed, there is not a broad understanding of how to scale up mHealth projects.Scaling up generally means “more.” But more what? Scaling health services can bring more inputs (funds and staff), outputs (access to and range of services), quality, efficiency, outcomes (coverage or utilization) or impact (morbidity or mortality).  Scalability should be considered from the start of a mHealth project.  Various frameworks and overviews focus on mHealth scale up, each covering its own concepts.
In a joint statement released this week, 34 NGOs came together to respond to the epidemic. As part of that statement, six key ways that the international community can respond were outlined. One of those referred to the importance of community mobilisation:
It isn’t often that one gets two conferences in one; but the well-attended pre-conference side sessions at the Third Global Forum on HRH held in Recife, Brazil provided such an opportunity. The topic of particular interest to me was how support for community health workers (CHWs) and primary health care (PHC) systems could be better coordinated to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, scale up access to PHC and finally move toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC).