Mobile May Give Childhood Immunization a Shot in the Arm in Africa

Perhaps nowhere will the progress and lasting benefits of mHealth be more dramatically felt in 2013 than in Africa.

In 2013, mobile health efforts are expected to significantly boost the health and general wellness education of millions across the continent.

The African nation of Mozambique says its Department of Health is partnering with GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership promoting critical immunization efforts, to set up shop with a pilot program in some 100 clinics in early 2013.

At those locations, health workers will test the effectiveness and corresponding cost benefits of using mobile phones to communicate with patients.

By the conclusion of the trial, vaccination levels in Mozambique “should improve by five to 10 percent,” a report from IPS News reads.

“One thousand new mobile broadband connections are made every minute in the developing world, which means we have a tremendous opportunity to transform lives in an easily accessible way,” says U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening.

As of the start of 2013, Africa is the world’s fastest-growing mobile phone market and the second largest behind Asia.

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