October 11, 2010
Africa is saving lives by turning mobile phones into hospitals
Mobile phone manufacturers, networks and software developers have joined forces with the United Nations to place the mobile at the heart of a multi-million pound drive to tackle HIV/AIDS, malaria and deaths during childbirth. The Telegraph reports.
The UN, which has teamed up with the Vodafone Foundation and the Rockerfeller Foundation, is planning to exploit the vast technological capabilities of the latest generation of smartphones, such as the iPhone and Google Android-powered devices, to monitor and deliver healthcare in the field without doctors or even nurses.
Kathy Calvin, chief executive of the United Nations Foundation, said mobiles have the potential to have as big an impact on global healthcare as Sir Alexander Fleming's 1928 discovery of penicillin.
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