Technology and health care in the developing world
Jennifer Manne and Walter Curioso look at innovative projects that exploit the potential of mobile phones, personal digital assistants, and the internet
The design and implementation of interventions to improve poor health and increase access to health care in the developing world has long been a difficult challenge for health professionals and policy makers alike. In search of sustainable, effective answers to the complex health conditions of low and middle income countries, researchers have begun to explore technology driven solutions to such problems, with interesting endeavours taking place in Latin America, Africa, and parts of Asia.
The use of telecommunications technology, such as the internet and mobile phones has increased greatly in much of the developing world. The growth of the internet and use of mobile telephones has taken place in Central and South America as well as parts of Asia and Africa (see table). This knowledge has encouraged many clinical researchers to explore the use of information and communications technologies, commonly called health informatics, as a cheap answer to the difficult