mHEALTH-INNOVATE (79) Update on the mHEALTH-INNOVATE project

21 July, 2022

Dear colleagues

HIFA is a partner on the mHEALTH-INNOVATE <> project that aims to explore how innovative informal uses of mobile phones, including messaging apps, by healthcare workers can be used to strengthen health systems and inform digital health interventions in low and lower middle-income countries (LLMICs) (see Many of you participated in the recent HIFA discussion linked to this project and we plan to share further findings from that discussion in due course.

I also wanted to let you know that we now have a vacancy for a funded PhD position in the field of digital health and health systems and linked to the project. The position is based in the Department of Health Sciences <> at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Ålesund, Norway. We welcome applications from eligible applicants in any country. Further information, including how to apply, is available here < Please feel free to share this announcement with your networks.

Best wishes


HIFA profile: Simon Lewin is a health systems researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health ( and the South African Medical Research Council ( He has a keen interest in how research evidence can be used to inform decisions for health systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and at the global level in multilateral organisations such as the WHO. As Joint Co-ordinating Editor of Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC: and lead for the Norwegian EPOC satellite, he has played a key role in strengthening Cochrane’s work in the field of health systems and in developing Cochrane methods for qualitative evidence synthesis. Cochrane is a HIFA supporting organisation and Simon is a member of two HIFA working groups: CHWs; and SUPPORT-SYSTEMS - How can decision-making processes for health systems strengthening and universal health coverage be made more inclusive, responsive and accountable?

Email: simon.lewin AT