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We're having a look at this challenge at an OpenIDEO meeting in Barcelona tonight... important aspects that I haven't seen mentioned and I hope we can hash around this evening are related to language & culture:

1. high rates of illiteracy among remote populations and how this has to be factored in to any system under consideration
2. hundreds of languages and dialects

Solutions could be in the form of (culturally-relevant) pictograms, codes or symbols... and we need to think about how these 'translate' into SMS messages etc.