Jan 6 2013 GOOD
Kenyans Going Mobile to Stay Healthy http://www.good.is/posts/kenyans-going-mobile-to-stay-healthy/?utm_campaign=goodtweet&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social
In Kenya, the ratio of patients to doctors is 6,000 to 1, and the dearth of health professionals isn't the only challenge to accessing decent health care. Unlicensed impostors hand out expired medicines to people who don't know any better, and a shortage of public information on health services makes it easier for quacks to lure victims. This fall alone, 22 illegal health clinic were shut down by Kenyan authorities.
More than 25 million Kenyans have mobile phones, making apps a logical way to disseminate essential information about health. MedAfrica, a new smartphone app, has positioned itself as the go-to service for wired Kenyans in search of reputable health care.