An SMS Network Supports Rural Community Health in Malawi

Using 100 recycled cell phones and a donated laptop running a copy of FrontlineSMS, Josh Nesbit (mobilesinmalawi.blogspot.com) implemented an SMS-based communications network was implemented for a rural hospital and its volunteer community health workers in Namitete, Malawi. In six months, the SMS program has saved 2100 hours of follow-up time and over $3,000 in motorbike fuel, processed nearly 1,400 patient updates via SMS and treated 230 new patients.


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