Mobile phones in outreach

Catmeurn, Programme Associate, m-Health Alliance gives an example of how mobile phones can empower the community through the provision of information, in this case to mothers through an organization MAMA (Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action). The project to support mothers is active in South Africa, Bangladesh and spreading to India and works through mobile messaging. In South Africa they will use WAP (whatever that may be) SMS texting and social networking.

If as Catmeurn says,

“Telemedicine and eHealth tend to focus on ‘curative’ health care, missing the areas of health outside clinics such as health promotion, disease prevention and rehabilitation around living well.”

Perhaps these are areas in which health librarians whether in university, college or public libraries might be useful contributors to such projects whether personally or professionally.

From Health Unbound (HUB) posted 14th May, 2012

Jean Shaw, Phi

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About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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