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Mobile phones spread health awareness in Africa

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Around nine million people live in Rwanda and approximately, 200,000 of them are infected with HIV. So, the government of Rwanda is using mobile phones to track epidemics across the country. The GSM Association’s Development Fund has partnered with the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Accenture Development Partnerships, Motorola, MTN, and Voxiva to launch the Phones-for-Health project in Rwanda, Africa. The Phones-for-Health projects aims to use mobile phones to enter medical data. The project will allow governments to respond quickly to epidemics and help patients to receive medical treatment faster, writes Manasee Wagh in this Biotech360 article. The system would eventually be used for more than just tracking the spread of HIV/AIDS to other major healthcare issues, like diphtheria and malaria. Motorola will provide the mobile phones and Voxiva has created the software, which runs the entire system. The project will enable clinics to communicate patient information, order medicine, and get treatment information on mobile phones.

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