WHO: The mobile phone app that discovers disease and saves lives in Africa

13 April, 2019

Extract below from a news item on the WHO Africa Regional office site. Read online: https://www.afro.who.int/news/mobile-phone-app-discovers-disease-and-sav...

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What if a mobile phone could prevent a health epidemic? It may sound like science fiction, but the World Health Organization'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," Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, told participants during the GIS session, which took place on the last day of the second African Health Forum in Praia, Cabo Verde.

The system allows WHO and health ministries to monitor in real time the visits that people and caregivers make to the most remote areas and to make sure that people most in need are being reached...

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