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Samsung takes a major step towards the mHIFA Goal (8)

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It seems the 'major step forward' lies in Samsung's *intention* to meet the health information needs of Africa's citizens, rather than the app itself. Samsung is a massive company - 270 billion USD annual turnover - with global reach. There is a huge opportunity now for Samsung to collaborate with WHO, Hesperian (Where There is No Doctor), HealthPhone and many others to ensure the delivery of new content that is both reliable, relevant, and easy to use - not only in Africa, but worldwide.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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Neil Pakenham-Walsh
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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is the coordinator of the HIFA campaign (Healthcare Information For All) and co-director of the Global Healthcare Information Network. He is also currently chair of the Dgroups Foundation (, a partnership of 18 international development organisations promoting dialogue for international health and development. He started his career as a hospital doctor in the UK, and has clinical experience as an isolated health worker in rural Ecuador and Peru. For the last 20 years he has been committed to the global challenge of improving the availability and use of relevant, reliable healthcare information for health workers and citizens in low- and middle-income countries. He is also interested in the wider potential of inclusive, interdisciplinary communication platforms to help address global health and international development challenges. He has worked with the World Health Organization, the Wellcome Trust, Medicine Digest and INASP (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications). He is based near Oxford, UK.

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