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Afghanistan: Bringing health care home, by mobile phone

A newborn and his mother at Ghor Regional Hospital in Afghanistan. Photo: World Vision

A newborn and his mother at Ghor Regional Hospital in Afghanistan.
Photo: World Vision

Through a World Vision project called Better Health for Afghan Mothers and Children, local health workers are trained and equipped with mobile health technology, called mHealth. Health workers can use their cell phones to send and receive information on a particular patient, including progress reports, medical records, and reminders about appointments and treatments. They can also access a wealth of medical information and connect to consulting physicians. World Vision’s Strong Women, Strong World initiative aims to increase safe childbirth and decrease harmful traditional practices by providing midwifery training in Herat Province, where these are the only trained birth attendants for women.

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