Bupa and ITU to collaborate on m-Health

Bupa, the UK based private health insurance and hospitals company and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announced on Tuesday that they are to collaborate on a four-year international m-Health initiative called “Be Healthy, Be Mobile”.

The programme, led by ITU and WHO, will target non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases in low and middle income countries.

In its first phase, the initiative is focusing on deploying mobile health interventions in areas such as diabetes, smoking cessation, hypertension, wellness and training of health workers. More than 25 countries have already expressed interest in participating. A smoking cessation programme via mobile phones is currently underway in Costa Rica.

About Chrys Meewella

Chrys is an Electrical Engineer who has specialised in Telecommunications and has worked on developing telecare and telehealth solutions. Following his post-doctoral work at Imperial College Chrys joined Philips Research Labs and later worked for, amongst others, BT, O2 and NEC. Chrys is a Charted Engineer and is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and runs a consultancy business in telecommunications and IT.
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