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Mobile firms in Africa AIDS deal

21st February 2007

Mobile phone companies have signed a new deal aimed at providing healthcare workers in rural Africa with mobile phones to enable the gathering of data about disease.

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The US$10 million Phones for Health project will supply mobile phones and healthcare information management software so they can exchange information in a timely manner.

Workers will be able to order medicines, receive news alerts, and download treatment guidelines and training materials using the new system.

Currently, healthcare workers rely on paper records, and have no access to transport to collect field data in person.

Initially, the project will be aimed at workers covering HIV/AIDS patients in Rwanda, but will be extended to cover more countries if successful, and may also be used in the management of tuberculosis and malaria.

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Article Information

Title: Mobile firms in Africa AIDS deal
Author: Luisetta Mudie
Article Id: 2057
Date Added: 21st Feb 2007

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