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6 Ways Cell Phones Are Changing the World (Beyond the Ways You're Probably Thinking)

In a world where more people have access to a cell phone than a toilet, we have to ask: what are all those phones doing? And are they really making a difference?

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“Mobile Midwife” Empowers Ghanaian Women

A collaborative initiative spearheaded by the Gremeen Foundation, the Mobile Technology for Community Health (MOTECH), was launched in 2008 with the goal of using cell phones to increase the quantity and quality of prenatal and neonatal care in rural Ghana and improving health outcomes for mothers and their newborns.

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Maternal Health Hotline Helps Malawians Stay Connected

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 clinics are overcrowded and understaffed, resulting in an overburdened health system that lacks the resources to effectively treat patients.

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Making a Difference with Mobile Technology

Mobile technology is a growing area for World Vision, since we work in rural areas where this technology can be really helpful in reaching the hard to reach – people might not have running water, but odds are they have a cell phone. We recently piloted a new mobile health technology called MOTECH in Afghanistan through a USAID-funded child health project.

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Mobile – A Bridge Across the Gender Divide

In over 15 years of working in the field of global health, I have time and time again witnessed first-hand what research tells us: gender inequity and women’s low social status have a significant impact on women’s and children’s health, as well as the overall demand for maternal, newborn and child health services.

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