“One of the things I love about our project and the other Project Health Design projects is the creative use of cell phones to collect data and share health information. Cell phones have so much potential to expand access to health care for people who, for any number of reasons (e.g., lack of health insurance, distance to a health facility, unsure when it is appropriate to go see a doctor), might have limited access.
I recently learned of an organization operating in the West African country of Mali that uses some of the same methods we use in FitBaby. Like our project, Pesinet is committed to the early detection and prevention of illnesses among babies and young children. The similarities between our projects show the power of mobile technology to improve health for children around the world. The differences highlight the stark contrasts between our problems and needs here in the U.S. and the problems and needs in West Africa.”
Karen Cheng, Project HealthDesign, 6 July 2011