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Cell phones help save the lives of mothers, infants and children
Date:11/7/2010

Mr. Aylward.

Use spreading rapidly

Five years ago, the idea of using cell phones to improve health care for mothers, infants and children wasn't feasible.

That has changed rapidly. Consider these facts:

  • 70 percent of the world's 5 billion cell phone subscribers are in the developing world.
  • Today almost 90 percent of the world's population has access to a wireless telephone signal.
  • In India alone, 33 percent of people living in villages have mobile phones.
  • About three quarters of mobile phone users have texting capability and features such as GPS that can pinpoint their location.
  • By 2015, about 60 percent of mobile phones are expected to be web-enabled.

"These networks are being extended almost everywhere. People are paying for the devices and the service, which shows that people value access to information and the ability to communicate, and that includes health information and communication," says Mr. Aylward.

mHealth Summit and Partnership meeting

Two thousand technology and health experts are expected at the second annual mHeath Summit, Nov. 8-10 in Washington, D.C. The summit is co-sponsored by the mHealth Alliance, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and NIH to further explore the potential of mobile technology in the health field, to promote its use, and to seek ways to overcome some of the current obstacles.

Featured conference speakers include William Gates, head of the Gates Foundation, Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Julio Frenk, M.D., Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health and Chairman of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, Ted Turner, Chairman and Founder of the United Nations Foundation and Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Mobile technology and mHealth also will play a key role as the partners in The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) meet in New Delhi on
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Contact: Marshall Hoffman
marshall@hoffmanpr.com
703-533-3535
Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
Source:Eurekalert

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