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Ensuring that Healthcare for the Poor is Just a Call Away

The mobile industry can help improve health outcomes for anyone who can afford a $20 phone. For example, Grameen Foundation’s Mobile Health solutions focus on improving patient care for the poor by:

  • helping healthcare providers become more efficient
  • making modern medical information easily accessible and relevant to the poor themselves

In Ghana, a “Mobile Midwife” service sends weekly messages to pregnant women and new mothers, reminding them of appointments and providing health tips that reinforce advice from their local nurses. In addition, nurses can update their clients’ data on their mobile phones and access their records as needed. Since 2010, they have registered more than 11,000 pregnant women and families in the country’s remote Upper East Region.

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