The rapid adoption of mobile phones in developing countries has created new opportunities for disseminating information to large populations at a low cost. IPA has been involved in projects that use mobile technology to support health services and health education, including testing whether providing sexual health information through SMS messaging could lower rates of risky behavior in Uganda, and sending text message reminders for malaria treatment in Ghana.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, about 1.8 million people became infected with the HIV virus in 2011, with the majority of new cases attributed to unprotected sex.

During an Ebola outbreak, the rapid identification, diagnosis, and isolation of those infected is essential to preventing the further spread of infection.