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Gastvortrag zu mobiler Gesundheitskommunikation in Entwicklungsländern
- Public lecture on mobile health in developing countries 

The team of Prof. Dr. Vorderer (Department of Media and Communication Studies) kindly invites to a public talk given by Dr. Arul Chib, Associate Professor at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. The talk will take place in Röchling-Hörsaal (SN 169) of the University of Mannheim on Thursday, November 14th, 5.15pm to 6.45pm. The talk is open to everybody interested in the lecture’s topic "Mobile Health in Developing Countries: Hope or Hype?":

Am Donnerstag, den 14. November 2013 lädt der Lehrstuhl von Prof. Dr. Vorderer am Seminar für Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft zum Vortrag von Dr. Arul Chib, Associate Professor an der Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapur, ein. Die Veranstaltung wird um 17.15 Uhr bis 18.45 Uhr im Röchling-Hörsaal (SN 169) stattfinden. Der Vortrag ist öffentlich und alle Interessierten sind sehr herzlich eingeladen. Dr. Arul Chib spricht zum Thema "Mobile Health in Developing Countries: Hope or Hype?":

There is both hope and hype in the emergent field of mHealth (“the use of mobile communications for health information and services”, Nacinovich, 2011). On the one hand, there is the hope that mobile phones can transform drastically the under‐resourced healthcare infrastructures in remote settings of developing countries. Beyond the popular imagination, mHealth has caught the attention of governments, non‐governmental organizations, and policymakers alike, translating into multiple pilot projects worldwide. However, achieving scale and sustainability remain elusive. To address these systemic issues a research agenda illustrated by case studies from China, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, and Uganda will be laidd out. In the tsunami-ravaged region of Aceh Besar, Indonesia, the introduction of mobile phones improved communication between rural midwives and the urban doctors, allowing for faster emergency response times, in turn leading to improved maternal and infant health outcomes. In Arua, Uganda, Text-to‐Change used an interactive SMS design as an easy, cost-efficient, and widely available tool to measure and disseminate HIV/AIDS knowledge. The quiz encouraged active mobile phone subscribers to respond to quiz questions and guided them to free counselling and testing services in clinics. These benefits and barriers to mHealth can be applied to similar situations faced by marginalized communities in developing countries, leading to adoption of mHealth by practitioners and policy-makers. 

Dr. Arul Chib is Associate Professor of Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, and Assistant Director of Singapore internet Research Center (SiRC). His expertise is in the area of healthcare mobile phone systems, and pursues action‐oriented research in varied cross-cultural contexts, particularly in resource-constrained environments. Dr. Chib plays a key role in the identification and investigation of key factors influencing the adoption of technology for positive health outcomes, and in the design and development of healthcare information and communication technology (ICT) systems spanning online and mobile platforms, culminating in collaborations globally with agencies such as INPPARES (Peru), Nyaya Health (Nepal), Text to Change (Uganda), Udaan (India), UNICEF, UNFPA and World Vision (Indonesia). Dr. Chib's contributions have led to a number of research awards, including the 2011 Prosper.NET-Scopus Award for the use of ICTs for sustainable development. This award was accompanied by a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, one of the highest honours within the European scholarly tradition. He has been awarded fellowships at Ludwig Maxmilians University and University of Southern California. He serves on the editorial boards of Human Communication Research and Communication Yearbook, the flagship publications of the International Communication Association. In March 2012, Dr. Chib, along with co-editor Dr. Roger Harris, released a new volume, Linking Research to Practice: Strengthening ICT for Development Research Capacity in Asia. He is currently working on the authored book, mHealth in Developing Countries (forthcoming, Taylor & Francis UK).

Dr. Arul Chib ist Associate Professor an der Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information der Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapur und Assistant Director des Singapore internet Research Center (SiRC). Sein Forschungsschwerpunkt liegt im Bereich der Mobiltelefonsysteme zur Gesundheitsfürsorge. Er forscht in interkulturellen Settings, insbesondere in ressourcenschwachen Umgebungen. Dr. Chib leistet mit seiner Forschung einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Identifikation und Untersuchung von Schlüsselfaktoren, die der Anwendung von Technologien in der Gesundheitsfürsorge zuträglich sind und in Zusammenhang mit einem positiven Gesundheitsverhalten und einem verbesserten Gesundheitszustand stehen. Zudem arbeitet er an der Gestaltung und Entwicklung von Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien zur Gesundheitsversorgung und -fürsorge, die auf online und mobilen Plattformen basieren. Seine Kooperationspartner auf globaler Ebene sind unter anderem Text to Change (Uganda), Udaan (India), UNICEF und World Vision (Indonesia). Für seine Arbeit erhielt er 2011 den Prosper.NET-Scopus Award for the use of ICTs for sustainable development und Forschungsstipendien der renommierten Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, sowie der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in München und der University of Southern California. Er ist überdies am editorial board der Zeitschrift Human Communication Research und des Communication Yearbook beteiligt. Im März 2012 veröffentlichte Dr. Chib zusammen mit Dr. Roger Harris den neuen Band Linking Research to Practice: Strengthening ICT for Development Research Capacity in Asia. Aktuell arbeitet er an einem neuen Buch mit dem Titel mHealth in Developing Countries (in Kürze bei Taylor & Francis UK erscheinend).

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