PBS Blog Features Stories Looking At Mobile Technology And Health In Africa

PBS’s “Rundown” blog features two stories as part of the “Cheers Report,” a “series of reports on the impact of mobile technology and health in 10 African countries.” In the first story, Imani Cheers, the director of educational resources and a multimedia producer for the PBS NewsHour, describes how mobile phones are helping to fight malaria in Zambia, where community health workers receive cell phones in return for their rapid reporting of malaria cases (4/25). The second story describes how “the Malawi Ministry of Health and [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] such as Village Reach are collaborating with communities to use cell phones to address some of the causes of poor health care for women and children,” such as “limited availability of timely and reliable health information, access and use of health facilities and delays in services,” Cheers reports (4/26).