Thursday, 29 September 2011

"SMS for Life" Tanzania

Heard Alex Nemetz talk at Global Health 2011 about the "SMS for Life" project to reduce malaria in Tanzania.

Alex is the head of mHealth at Vodafone and described how the nurses in clinics were given phones to text the levels of stock to a central system. The problem was that stock was running out in some places but going out of date in others so this simple technological solution using mobile phones helped solve it. The real trick to get the healthcare workers to engage in the project was simple - give them free text bundles for their mobile phones.

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