April 26, 2013

How Cell Phones Are Helping Fight Malaria

ZambiaWomen_blog_main_horizontal.jpg Community health workers receive new cell phones as incentives to continue their malaria rapid reporting. PBS reports.

quotemarksright.jpgWith the use of mobile technology, health workers with Akros Research have been able to double the number of clinics and patients they visit per day - when previously they traveled upwards of 100 miles to reach community health volunteers in southern Zambia's heavily impacted areas.

... Several key interventions have been implemented since 2000, including distributing long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor residual spraying and antimalarial medicines to curb the disease. The introduction of rapid reporting systems, using mobile phones to provide real-time data and the detection of high-infection areas, has health workers and volunteers excited about ending malaria deaths for good.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Photo by Imani Cheers/PBS NewsHour

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