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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Cell Phones Helping To Track Malaria In Africa, Marketplace Reports

Noting the WHO on Wednesday released its 2013 World Malaria Report, Marketplace examines how an epidemiologist at Harvard is using cell phones to track the disease in Africa by “plotting malaria cases on a map and then overlaying data showing where people are moving, which helps make better predictions about…

Arogya World Blog Post Summarizes 2013 NCD Work In India

The Arogya World blog reflects on their work in 2013 to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs), writing, “In 2013, we have made great progress on our advocacy goals and on-the-ground work in India, delivering on promises made and taking up new challenges.” The blog summarizes some of Arogya World’s initiatives, including…

MAMA Helping Women Through Pregnancy, With Childbearing

Sharon D’Agostino, vice president of Corporate Citizenship at Johnson & Johnson, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog about MAMA South Africa, a program “launched with the support of global partners USAID, Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations Foundation, the mHealth Alliance, and BabyCenter.” She notes, “In addition, Vodacom…

Mobile Money Program Helping Fight Malnutrition In Guatemala

“Known as mobile money, electronic currency can be stored on a mobile phone and, using a personal identification number, converted into cash at designated points and transferred to other mobile phone users,” which facilitates “[g]etting cash … to remote rural communities after a natural disaster like an earthquake or a…