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Mobile Reminders Help Pregnant Women, Mothers In Ghana Keep Health Care Appointments

BBC News: Joining up Ghana’s health care to save lives “…[Pregnant women in Ghana are being] reminded about their appointment[s] by messages sent to a mobile phone, through a system called Mobile Midwife. … Mobile Midwife is part of the Ghana mobile technology for community health (Motech Ghana) initiative –…

Blog Post Discusses Role Of Mobile Data In Development

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Big Data and How it Can Serve Development Nirant Gupta, research analyst in global development on the financial services for the poor team at the Gates Foundation, and Jake Kendall, program officer on the same team, discuss how data — specifically mobile data…

Bangladesh Aims To Improve Maternal Health With Text, Voice Messages

IRIN: Text and voice messages help close Bangladesh health gap “Bangladesh is moving to boost maternal health services in poorly served rural areas by targeting voice and text messages at expectant and pregnant mothers and their families. The aim is to educate and support mothers in places where health services…

Mobile Technology Targets Counterfeit Drugs

New York Times: The Fight Against Fake Drugs Tina Rosenberg, author and former editorial writer for the New York Times “…In many poor countries, counterfeit medicines are an enormous problem. … Nations with a serious counterfeiting problem can resolve it by acquiring effective regulation, strong institutions, working courts, and well-designed…

Mobile Technology Can Transform, Improve Health Care

U.S. News & World Report: Cellphones Can Change Global Health for the Better Lisa Chau, founder of Alpha Vert “For two days this month, the United Nations Headquarters in New York hosted the invite-only Cavendish Global Impact Forum. Among the panel discussions was how to identify innovations with the potential for…

USAID-Backed Text Messaging Service Improves Maternal Health In Timor-Leste

“In Timor-Leste, a tiny country just north of Australia, progress against maternal deaths has been slow. … USAID has been working with Timor-Leste’s Health Ministry since 2004 to help find solutions to this terrible problem. In 2011, U.S.-based NGO Health Alliance International (HAI) won a USAID Child Survival and Health…

Smartphone Apps Help Educate Pregnant Women, Mothers In India

Christian Science Monitor: Tackling Indian maternal deaths by smartphone “Subhi Quraishi believes that the solution to the high maternal mortality rates that have dogged women in rural India starts with a mobile phone. Standing in his bustling New Delhi offices, Mr. Quraishi shows off the mobile ‘lifeline channel’ that his…

Blog Highlights The Power Of Networks In Advancing Health Issues

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Mariam Claeson, director of the Gates Foundation’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health team, and Ruth Landy, principal, Strategic Communication for Social Impact, write about the power of social and media networks to advance breastfeeding, noting “the breastfeeding community has yet to coalesce…