mHealth: The Possibilities of the Personal

This post was originally published on the IntraHealth International blog.

Dykki SettleThere are more than 5 billion cell phones in use worldwide, which means globally nearly 70% of people—including children—would own a cell phone if everyone had just one cell. Yet in places like Germany, where the cell phone market penetration has reached more than 130%, many people own more than one mobile.

Mobile phones are so popular in part because they are uniquely personal communication tools. Their portability makes it possible to talk to colleagues, friends, and family from nearly anywhere and anytime.

With mobile phones, we’ve managed to extend our social circles from the immediate to the global. Read more »

Global Health Workforce News of Interest

Health worker in UgandaHere are five articles I found particularly interesting this week:

Effect of Peer Health Workers on AIDS Care in Rakai, Uganda
This article in the PloS ONE journal reports on the findings of “a cluster randomized trial to assess the effect of community-based peer health workers (PHW) on AIDS care of adults in Rakai, Uganda.” The authors conclude that “PHWs may be an effective intervention to sustain long-term ART in low-resource settings.”

Over 2,000 Health Workers Get Free Phones
The New Times (Rwanda) reports that community health workers in Karongi District “will get free mobile phones as part of government’s efforts to boost the health sector through the use of science and technology.” The phones “are part of an ongoing countrywide campaign to ensure efficient and timely submission of monthly medical reports to the Ministry of Health.”

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