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Text for your closest Health Worker

Send a text to get the location of your closest hospital, healthcare worker, pharmacy. The mobile tower can know your rough location and give you context-based information.

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What other information would you want to know that is location-based and related to health issues?
- closest midwife
- closest healthcare worker
- closest hospital
- closest pharmacy
- closest bathroom
- closest transport (bus, taxi)

What is the minimum level of mobile technology needed for this concept?

SMS
Mobile towers with the technology to be location-aware
Relevant local health information

How could this work in a low-literacy context?

We could provide very simple codes for the texting.

Which partners could help realise and deliver this solution?

  • Oxfam
  • Nokia
  • Mobile operators

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Great idea. In my experience of community-based health structures, it is the health worker's responsibility to seek out the pregnant women in need of services, but rarely can the pregnant women identify themselves and request services first. This puts the power back where it should be, and ensures that no one is overlooked.

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