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SMS Fights Malaria Scourge in Africa

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Can texting help reverse Africa’s malaria epidemic? The answer seems to be a resounding “Yes.”

Using a mix of text messages, Google Maps and cloud software, organizers of a pilot program backed by IBM, Novartis and Vodafone believe they saved hundreds of lives in a few short months on the malaria-wracked African continent. Simply by tracking inventory in remote areas with greater efficiency, the anti-malaria groups were able to increase the chances that any given clinic would have life-saving medicine on hand by 300 percent.

Some 90 percent of the world’s malaria cases are in Africa, where the mosquito-borne disease is responsible for nearly 1 million deaths per year. Some 85 percent of those who die are children under 5 years of age.

Click "source" to read the entire article. Also take a look at our Microbeworld video episode 34 regarding mHealth, part of a movement towards citizen-centered health services delivered through cellular technologies: http://bit.ly/mwv34

 
 

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