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Mobile Phones Could Help Diagnose, Properly Treat Malaria In Remote Areas, Study Says

“Mobile phones, along with local knowledge and field support, can help to ensure the effective diagnosis and treatment of malaria in remote rural areas, according to a study” conducted in Bangladesh and published this month in Malaria Journal, SciDev.Net reports. Examining “almost 1,000 phone calls to report suspected cases of malaria that were…

mHealth ‘Not Yet Living Up To Its Potential’ To Transform Health Care Systems

“mHealth can be defined as medical and public health practices supported by mobile technologies, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, tablets, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other wireless devices,” Patricia Mechael, executive director of the mHealth Alliance, and Sarah Struble, a program associate at the mHealth Alliance, write in…

mHealth Programs Must Measure Health Outcomes

“Since a lot of health revolves around information, public health experts had high expectations for the mobile phone,” author and columnist Tina Rosenberg writes in the New York Times’ “Opinionator” blog, adding, “But roughly a decade after the start of mHealth, as the mobile health field has come to be…

Small Study Shows Smartphones Can Be Used To Detect Intestinal Worms

IRIN examines the feasibility of using a smartphone equipped with a glass lens to detect the presence of parasitic worms in stool samples, a concept that “could have a significant impact on the diagnosis of intestinal parasites that affect millions in remote, rural parts of the world, where even the most…

Reviews Show Little Evidence Of Widespread Efficacy Of Mobile Health Interventions

“Mobile phone technology is frequently heralded as a solution to many health challenges facing the developing world, but two systematic reviews have found that evidence to back such claims is still largely non-existent,” SciDev.Net reports. The reviews, led by Caroline Free of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and published…

Gender Equality Essential For Reaching Health-Related MDGs

“In over 15 years of working in the field of global health, I have time and time again witnessed first-hand what research tells us: gender inequity and women’s low social status have a significant impact on women’s and children’s health, as well as the overall demand for maternal, newborn and…

Washington Post Examines How Mobile Technologies Are Transforming Remote Parts Of Africa

The Washington Post examines how new mobile applications are transforming remote parts of Africa. “Across sub-Saharan Africa, technology, particularly mobile technology, has transformed the lives of digital-savvy entrepreneurs,” the newspaper writes, adding, “While many are forging successful high-tech businesses in urban centers, others are finding ways to help people ……

Examining Use Of Technology In Malaria Control Efforts

“Funding by [the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI)] and other stakeholders, together with the leadership of the Zanzibar Malaria Control Program (ZMCP), has resulted in a dramatic decrease in malaria prevalence in Zanzibar,” Lenna Neat, technical program manager for RTI International, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” as part of a series…

Mobile Health Technology Could Help Poor Urban Residents Access Health Services, Reduce Spending, Study Says

“Using mobile health technology to monitor patients in poor urban areas could improve residents’ access to health care while also reducing health care spending, a study [.pdf] conducted in a Rio de Janeiro hillside ‘favela’ slum suggested Wednesday,” the Associated Press/Seattle Times reports. The New Cities Foundation’s “18-month Urban E-Health…