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Uganda gets mobile lab to spur farmers’ soil know-how

Kampala – A mobile training and soil testing laboratory could transform smallholder farming in Uganda by disseminating information on successful farming methods under local conditions, researchers say.

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Mobile app projects to improve mental health win grants

Nairobi – Two research projects seeking to use mobile phone technologies to provide relief for individuals suffering from mental disorders in Sub-Saharan Africa are among 22 awarded grants by Grand Challenges Canada this month. “Mental health is one of the most neglected areas of health globally,” observes Karleen Silver, vice-president of targeted challenges for Grand Challenges Canada.

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Mobile Phones Big Hit in Rural Zimbabwe

Harare – Prosper Muripo rents a small space in a general dealer’s shop at the Gotora shopping centre in Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland East province. He is one of the many people in rural Zimbabwe who earn a living selling recharge vouchers and charging mobile phone batteries on solar-powered chargers.

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African Developers Among the Global Ericsson Application Awards

Ericsson has announced the semi-finalists for the annual Ericsson Application Awards with TeamKenya from Kenya, Team Trokxi and Team Nimdee Mobile from Ghana among the semi-finalists. TeamKenya and Trokxi are nominated in the student category and Nimdee mobile is nominated in the company category.

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Students develop phone software to fight malaria

Kampala – Malaria is responsible for more illnesses and deaths than any other single disease in the country, according to the [Ugandese] Ministry of Health. Most of the people affected are low income earners, especially those that live in rural areas, and many of these cannot afford to go to hospitals, most of which are sparsely distributed.

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mHealth ‘could save a million African lives by 2017’

Mobile health (mHealth) applications such as text messages could save more than a million lives in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years, according to a report.

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