Ghana: Mobile phones to improve healthcare

Nurses in Ghana work under difficult conditions

Nurses in Ghana work under difficult conditions

Nurses in Ghana will soon move from using bulky paper-based documents to store patients’ data to the use of electronic mobile applications. The status quo at the health centres is time consuming.  The new system will free up their time, enabling more focus on hands-on, primary healthcare for patients.

The Grameen Foundation, an organization dedicated to poverty alleviation through microfinance, technological and financial services, would oversee the project through a US$4.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the reported.

The initiative is to help improve the delivery of healthcare and information services in Ghana and Uganda.

Alexis Counts, President and CEO of the Foundation, said: “Mobile devices are fast becoming the channel for sharing a wide range of information and knowledge across the developing world, but the focus has been more on high-end devices.”

The second project will attempt to build a network to disseminate knowledge between rural farmers in Uganda. The network will provide critical agricultural information to farmers, while also connecting them to trading markets and other resources.

Counts added: “We hope our initiatives in Ghana and Uganda will show how basic mobile phones can be tools for providing services that benefit the rural poor and other disadvantaged communities.”

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