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Mobile Phones Bring Health to the Poor

Mobile Phones Bring Health to the Poor | Healthcare in developing countries |
Pregnant women in rural Ghana are getting health information via mobile phone. The pilot project is part of an international initiative to employ mobile technology to improve the health of people in developing countries.
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Maybe this article misses the really revolutionary bit of mobile phone technology. I've seen three big applications in Africa and India that I thought could change health for the better

  1. Using local clinics, mobile phones can offer consultations with doctors based remotely or, if needed, even specialists 
  2. Mobile phones can be used to track whether healthcare workers are where they are supposed to be when they're supposed to be there (a big issue in regions where some simply don't turn up). This can be through GPS (even cheap phones have it these days) or by just asking the healthcare worker to take a picture of each place or each child they see
  3. Mobile phones can be used to update people (or reassure them) about the status of health facilities: is the clinic open? Is the doctor there? Are there any significant medicines or vaccines that are unavailable? This avoids long, demoralising trips for families needing care
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Innovation Excellence | Innovating Medical Devices for the Next Growth Market

Innovation Excellence | Innovating Medical Devices for the Next Growth Market | Healthcare in developing countries |
Exponential growth in demand for health care is expected in developing countries - presenting huge opportunities for manufacturers who align products to local communities.
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Mental health programs in developing countries get boost from Canada

Mental health programs in developing countries get boost from Canada | Healthcare in developing countries |
A Canadian non-profit group is giving $19.4 million to 15 projects using innovative ideas to improve mental health in the developing world.
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India: The roots of poverty: Ruinous healthcare costs

India: The roots of poverty: Ruinous healthcare costs | Healthcare in developing countries |

LiveMint : Thoughtful and well-written viewpoint by Anirudh Krishna


"Even moderately well-to-do people have become persistently poor.This is unfortunate, especially when we consider that the majority of these descents into poverty could have been prevented. Very little is being done, however, to address the problem of poverty creation."

"Restricting the flow of people into poverty requires investing in better – more affordable, accessible, and higher quality – healthcare. Becoming richer as a nation will not automatically resolve this problem."


It starts with healthcare A vast and growing body of work has started to show how the source of a great deal of poverty is inadequate healthcare. Several other factors are also associated with falling into poverty, but in terms of frequency and magnitude the effects of ill health and medical expenses predominate. Illhealth imposes a double burden on households – when high treatment costs go together with loss of earning power – and it has the biggest influence on becoming and remaining poor. Researchers who have studied these trends in different countries describe how, because of poverty neglect, a “medical poverty trap” is becoming ever more pervasive (see Whitehead, et al. 2001; Xu, et al. 2003; Zhao 2006). Millions of families are living only one illness away from poverty, and thousands more have become deeply indebted on account of burdensome healthcare costs. 60% of all families who fell into poverty in the Rajasthan communities we studied, 74% in Andhra Pradesh, and 88% in Gujarat experienced one or more catastrophic health episodes. Calculations by other researchers show how a stupendous number – amounting to 3.7% of the Indian population – is at risk of falling below the dollar-a-day threshold every year on account of healthcare expenses (EQUITAP 2005; Garg and Karan 2005).
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Thaqiv Idraqie's curator insight, January 30, 2013 8:50 AM

From this article I learned how poverty can take its toll on people through many mediums. In this case, it was through healthcare. The inefficient and ineffective healthcare provided by India's ministry of health has caused the lives of some to change. In addition because of the medical industry lack of competence with modern day technology, they will tend to use aiding methods that are more pain-staking, thus more expensive.

This shows that if a country is under poverty, its people will suffer its toll. The effects of poverty are similar to that of a chain reaction. Poverty will affect the government to those industries to the workers and to the people, increasing in damage as it progresses through the stages. 

The article also provides ways in which the government is planning to counter these predicaments. It is via provision, insurance and regulation. Firstly it has to work with countries like Sweden,USA or other developed countries that have up to date medical treatments. From this the ministry of health in India would have more in depth knowledge to treat more complex illnesses effectively. Secondly, insurance refers to the availability servises. Knowing that India is a big pile of land with many different people, it is very important that the country has sufficient doctors to treat the population of illnesses. Lastly, regulation is the increased commercialization of medical services coupled with weak or absent regulation has resulted in a proliferation of fly-by-night operators, over-prescription, over-charging by private providers, spurious drugs, and other avoidable evils. Without taking account of these developments, it is hard to explain why the financial burden of healthcare costs has risen so sharply, especially among poorer and less literate people.


Jerone Taduran's curator insight, February 1, 2013 12:54 PM

A lot of family are pushed into penury when a member of the family or the learning member become ill and the medical cost is unbearable. Most of the time families have fixed income and no surplus money to save for emergency , most of them do not know about insurance nor they have capacity to pay the premium. I indeed pity the family of Chandbai, a 50-year-old woman who are suffering tremendously from lack of healthcare causing many illness and diseases to their family. Her husband, Gokalji, owned a shop in their town. But because of low healthcare, he became ill and had to give to shop to his brother while he lies down in his bed most of the time. Two years after the death of his husband, their daughter got married. It was sad to hear the story because of illness and diseases, he is not able to see his daughter climbing the steps of life, the reason why he was working everyday was to see his children succeed, now he cant do that. If the nation knows that there are a lof of people who are in need of help, dont just sit in your chair reading this article, do something actively and effortly to yourself and to the people who are in the state of poverty