Stories: Mobile

  • Inside the Mansion Where Brazil’s Startups Get Incubated

    The city of Sao Paulo doesn't have an entrepreneurial culture like that which exists in San Francisco and New York. But the Startup Mansion, located next to an art gallery down a quaint one-way street in a tech-heavy district of Brazil's largest city, is like a little slice of Silicon Valley in South America. Started...

  • e-Health App Aims to End Poverty

    Watch this video to learn more about the Millennium Villages Project and how health workers in rural Kenya are using mobile technology to more effectively treat patients. Child Count is a SMS-based system used for a variety of purposes, including addressing acute malnutrition and children with diarrhea as well as testing and treatment for malaria using Rapid...

  • New Mobile App Streamlines Health Care Systems in Kenya

    Do you know which countries have the highest cell phone usage? The list might not surprise you with China, India and the U.S. taking the top three spots. However, developing countries such as Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya all report between 50-75 percent of their overall population has access to a mobile phone. Smartphone ownership is skyrocketing in...

  • Mobile Midwife Empowers Ghanaian Women

    Faith-based organizations have been working in international development for decades impacting areas of access to clean water, child protection, disaster response, food and agriculture, education, health and economic development. With the expansion of mobile technology across the African continent, the possibilities of using cell phones to reach vulnerable populations is drastically improving access to health care and empowering communities. World...

  • The Role of Technology in Health

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  • Pakistan’s Biggest Challenge Is Not the Taliban; It’s Electricity

      For Pakistan’s new government, the biggest challenge isn’t taming the many militant groups that mount near daily attacks across the country. “Our No. 1 challenge is energy,” Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Pakistan’s new Minister for Water and Power, tells TIME. “It’s a bigger challenge than even terrorism.” While...

  • Preventing Drug Shortages With Cell Phones in Malawi

    Saidi Masemba's clinic is a small, two-room mud hut in central Malawi that serves approximately 3,000 local residents. He sees roughly 15-20 patients per day, usually children under 5 years old suffering from malnutrition, malaria, dehydration and diarrhea. In treating these preventable diseases, one of Masemba's biggest setbacks is access to medication and supplies. Often, he has to turn...

  • Maternal Health Hotline Helps Malawians Stay Connected

    Doreen Namasala has been a community health worker for over a decade in rural Malawi, a small landlocked country in southeast Africa. With a population of roughly 15 million, an estimated 60 percent of women report having serious problems accessing health care due to distance, according to the country's ministry of health. Too often, Malawi's health care centers, hospitals and...

  • How Cell Phones Are Helping Fight Malaria

    LIVINGSTONE, Zambia --Tokozile Ngwenya-Kangombe, a project coordinator with Akros Research, knows first-hand how dangerous malaria can be for pregnant women and children under the age of five. Roughly half of the world's population is at risk of contracting malaria and more than 200 million people are infected annually, according to the Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa. ...

  • Mobile Friends for Healthy Mothers

    Across 250 villages in Maharashtra, pregnant women are feeling a little less confused. They have someone telling them how to take care of themselves this week. A friend, if you like. They receive this counsel through voice messages on the mobile phone. They receive this counsel where they wish to receive it, even in the privacy of their homes. This is...