Communities living in the last mile with limited access to basic services are likely to have no internet or wireless or intermittent connectivity. In 2015 it was estimated that approximately 2.3 billion of the world’s population lived in areas without a basic 2G mobile phone and Internet access. By 2021 it is expected that this number will drop to approximately 1.7 billion. However, a large number of people, will still be living in areas with no access to internet.
There is an enormous opportunity to harness and scale mobile-based eHealth solutions for last mile communities. These eHealth technologies do not rely on Internet or sophisticated wireless data services. As a result, there is potential to expand eHealth services to a large number of people and communities in need.
For the Global eHealth Foundation collaboration is key to success in last mile communities. We work with local communities and selected partners to identify challenges and solutions that advance eHealth. We can draw on expertise to offer mentorship and resources to enable communities to manage eHealth projects long-term. Through this integrated strategy, we strive to connect last mile communities to healthcare, health information, providers, and medical technology enjoyed by other regions throughout the world.