Mobile phones have become more useful for citizens of Africa. Now the continent is using mobile phones to fight with the HIV/AIDS. US Government and 5 member groups from the mobile phone industry have taken this initiative step, named ‘Phone for Health’ to combat with HIV/AIDs. The $10 Million ‘Phone for Health’ project aims to use mobile phone to provide health systems in ten African countries. Firms working on this noble project include the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Motorola, the GSM Association, Voxiva, and Accenture. Health workers would also be able to use the system to order medicine, send alerts, download treatment guidelines, training materials and access other appropriate information. Currently, over 60% of African population lives in regions under mobile phone coverage. Now it is expected to reach up to 85% by 2010 to use mobile phones to send information to the computer system of the authorities directly.
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