This seminar first aired live on March 24, 2022.

Moderator: June Sugiyama, Vodafone Americas Foundation 


  • Dr. Krishna Yafa, CEO, Medic 
  • Dr. Alain Labrique, Johns Hopkins University, International Health, Data for Health 
  • Divya Nair, Director, IDinsight 

Many low and middle-income countries (LMICs) seek cost-effective methods to obtain timely and quality health data. One goal of the Data for Health Initiative is to find affordable, scalable solutions to cost-effective collection methods of non-communicable disease (NCD) risk factor data that can be used to inform resource allocation, policy development, and assess NCD trends over time. 

Mobile phone technology is omnipresent in many LMICs and presents an untapped opportunity for using population-level health surveys. There is, however, a gender gap in data collection, analysis, and usage within mobile phone health surveillance efforts. Further evidence of the relationship between mobile devices and women and people who are non-binary’s societal roles is needed in order to gather representative data via mobile phones in LMICs. 

This seminar gives an overview of gender considerations used in mobile phone survey health data collection. Examples of the integration of a gender framework in mobile phone data collection in reproductive health, COVID, and household surveys in Bangladesh and India are showcased.