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ChildCount: Cell Phones and Health in Sauri, Kenya
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ChildCount: Cell Phones and Health in Sauri, Kenya

Mobile phone technology is being used by local health workers in developing countries to speed up diagnoses and help combat preventable diseases such as malaria, TB, and polio.

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Segment 1

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Millennium Promise: Extreme poverty ends here.
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ChildCount+ Cell phones and health in Sauri, Kenya. February 2010
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Community health worker Steven Omollo has been called out on a house visit from his home in Lahanda in Sauri Millennium Village. A baby boy has been running a fever all night, and his parents are worried that it could be malaria. Steven prepares to do a rapid diagnostic test on the child, which will return a result almost immediately. And now, with innovative mobile phone technology called rapid SMS, Steven can send the results of the test in to an automated system. If the result is positive, he'll receive a text message telling him to give the child the anti-malarial drug Coartem.
STANLEY SHIHUNDU [Health Facilitator, Sauri Millennium Village Project]
The speed at which the information is relayed between the time the child is seen and the response from the system, it makes it much easier for someone to know there is a problem somewhere.
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The boy tests negative for malaria, but Steven is worried that he may be malnourished.
STEVEN OMOLLO
The red section suggests severe malnutrition.
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He texts in the measurement along with the child's rapid SMS ID number. Using the data and the baby's age, the system confirms that he is indeed malnourished, and recommends supplementary feeding.
STEVEN OMOLLO
It has made our work a bit easy and somewhat enjoyable and fast.
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And in helping people like Steven do their jobs better, the futures of children like these are more secure than ever before.
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ChildCount+ is a text messaging system used throughout the Millennium Villages to deal with preventable diseases, such as malaria, TB, and polio.
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Simple, affordable tools like cell phones and rapid malaria test kits empower community health workers throughout sub-Saharan Africa ...
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... who are guaranteeing the futures of children while protecting the health of mothers.
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Help us to protect more mothers and children with just a simple cell phone.
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Millennium Promise: Extreme poverty ends here. Join us today at www.millenniumpromise.org