Thursday, May 14, 2009

New and Hot- Cell Phones Combating ID?

Check out this interesting article about attempts to use cell phones in third world countries to spread awareness about HIV and other diseases, as well as track populations and predict pandemics. A whole host of organizations have joined together to make better use of mobile phones, including WHO. They claim their efforts have shown a 40% rise in HIV testing, but that number is unsubstantiated. Despite that, it seems like a cool program. They send out texts to people with HIV quizzes and give out free phones and minutes as prizes. Apparently they've gotten good responses. They also are using cellphones to keep health service people connected. It's pretty cool stuff. Check it out:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6W8X-4W4D29H-9&_user=126524&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000010360&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=126524&md5=4e095375add42cebd32c29554a020abd

Katie

1 comment:

  1. Stanford's own Josh Nesbit ('09) started a related project in Malawi called FrontlineSMS...it's pretty awesome. Check out his page/CNN coverage--

    http://frontlinesms.ning.com/profile/JoshNesbit

    http://edition.cnn.com/2008/TECH/12/03/db.malawicellphones/index.html

    Anne

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