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Ghana text message trial offers farmers market data

Accra – A project to determine whether accessing customised market information as well as weekly weather forecasts through mobile phone short message service (SMS) can help farmers boost their yields and incomes is being trialled in rural Ghana.

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African radio’s growing and enduring popularity

A few days ago, I overheard a BBC World Service presenter announce an on air discussion on media in Africa by saying that many young people “do away with radio and television” and get their news online and from each other instead.

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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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Instant Infant HIV Diagnosis to be Rolled Out in Rural Kenya

NAIROBI, Feb 20 (IPS) – Jesse Mtembe, a nursing officer at the Akithenesit Health Centre in Teso North, in Kenya’s Western Province, cannot wait for his centre to be connected to a new software system for diagnosing HIV in infants that is being developed in the country’s leading private university.

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Health by Text in Senegal

The sound of a text message, recognizable the world over, but in a small village tucked away down the sandy back-roads of Senegal, a few short beeps can be vital reminders.

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Protest in Mozambique: the power of SMS

Weeklong bread riots in Mozambique, earlier this month would have passed by unnoticed were it not for the text messages that started it.

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