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April 30, 2019

THE APP THAT TRACKS DISEASES AND SAVES LIVES IN AFRICA

What if a mobile phone could prevent a health epidemic? It may sound like science fiction, but the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) polio geographic information system (GIS) technology is doing just that in 43 countries in Africa.

The idea is simple: Health workers visit remote villages to check if local inhabitants have any symptoms of a range of life-threatening infectious diseases, including polio and measles. Then, with the mobile app, they quickly and easily alert WHO.

“This is one of the most exciting things that is happening in the WHO regional office in Africa,” says Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa.

The system [...]

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June 15, 2018

EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT – BEST PLACE TO INVEST?

A 22-year-long study started among poor populations in Jamaica in the 1970s by Dr Sally Grantham-McGregor and Christine Powell showed that children whose mothers received weekly home visits for two years by doctors and nurses who helped them engage their babies in play attained higher test scores for reading, mathematics and general knowledge later in life. They stayed in school longer, were less likely to be violent or experience depression, and had better social skills. Significantly, they earned 25% on average more than a control group of similar children.

In a situation in which 50% of South African children who start Grade 1 drop out before matric, and 78% of Grade 4 [...]

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