IntraHealth International and UNICEF

Product description Brand name and product description

mHero is a two-way, mobile phone-based communication system that uses basic text messaging, or SMS, to connect ministries of health, health workers, and community health workers.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"
Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

MHero is free to use. The biggest cost associated with implementing MHero is capacity building within ministries of health to ensure that MHero can be effectively situated within the existing program. One typical expense for building capacity within ministry is the addition of a salaried staff member to maintain the program.Interview with representative Additionally, the ministry must obtain a shortcode from a mobile network operator (MNO) so that there are no SMS costs to health workers. The cost of a shortcode is typically a couple thousand dollars per 3 months, but in some cases the MNO provides a shortcode for free.Interview with representative

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.
SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal #3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)
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