A Handbook on How to Implement mBreatheFreely - mHealth for asthma and COPD

Be [email protected], Be Mobile

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The mBreatheFreely handbook was prepared by an international group of experts in mHealth for asthma and COPD, in collaboration with WHO and ITU, to provide guidance for country governments and policymakers to develop, implement, and evaluate an mBreatheFreely programme for the prevention and control of asthma and COPD. The health messaging provided in the handbook uses evidence-based behaviour change techniques to help persons at risk of, with, or caring for those with asthma and COPD, prevent and manage these conditions. This handbook describes the considerations and decisions to be made in planning a national mBreatheFreely programme in five key areas: 1 Operations management 2 Content development and adaptation 3 Promotion and recruitment 4 Technology specifications 5 Monitoring and evaluation For each area, evidence-based operational guidance and resources are given, which can assist governments in drawing up a detailed workplan for a national mBreatheFreely programme. Subsequent annexes provide information on existing programmes, example programme algorithms and message content, timelines and costing templates



Executive Summary

The Be [email protected] Be Mobile initiative is a global partnership led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), representing the United Nations agencies for health and information communications technologies (ICTs). The initiative supports the scale up of mobile health technology (mHealth) within national health systems to help combat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). These include diabetes, cancers, cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These are long-term conditions that can significantly affect both the quality and length of patients’ lives, especially in settings where resources for diagnosis and treatment are limited.


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