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  • on 03.11.2014
  • at 11:00 AM
  • by Kevin Hind

New M-Health project helps save lives in Cameroon 0

Yaounde – A mobile phone-based project is providing vital services for expectant women and patients in need of urgent medical attention in Cameroon.

The US$100,000 project, called M-Health, and funded by the United Nations Population Fund, involves using mobile technology to access health services.

Patrick Okwen, the coordinator of the project, which was launched last month (20 September), tells SciDev.Net: “The way M-Health functions is that you try to use mobile phone technology to identify certain health problems and to bring community members or people who are sick closer to the doctor”.

Okwen, who is Cameroon’ focal point for Health at Netherlands Development Organization, says he started testing the M-Health technology in Lagdo, a locality in Cameroon’s Far North Region.

“In this particular case, we try to identify pregnant women and identify their homes and get their GPS [geographic positioning system] location using Google Earth when they have a problem, for example, if they have bleeding or they have abnormal pains, or they go into labour unexpectedly,” Okwen explains.

He adds: “They can use their mobile phones, or the mobile phones of their husbands, relatives or neighbours to activate a referral system which will tell the doctor, midwife and driver that there is a woman in distress. The driver, using a smartphone, will then track the woman using her GPS location and bring her to hospital”.

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