HealthPhone™ is a project of The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust (MCHET), a non-profit charitable trust, founded to establish communications technologies that will provide health and nutrition information to and from rural low-income communities. We are motivated by the idea that information, directly and properly disseminated, will play a key role in dramatically improving health, mortality and the quality of life in these communities.
Projects we have worked on over the years deal with broad programmes involving large numbers of people, and they often cite statistics that describe the difficulties faced by low-income rural families in Third World countries. We wish to remember, then, that every statistic is based on the lives (often pitifully short lives) of a large number of individuals – individuals loved by their families and communities, and individuals who (or whose parents) work hard to contribute to those communities. Too many of these individuals die before having a fair chance at life while many others who live are left to lead a life forever handicapped by a childhood of hunger, illness, deprivation and both physical and mental underdevelopment.
Behind all our efforts is the principle that every individual matters, that life is a precious gift and every unnecessary and avoidable death is a great tragedy and moral challenge.
We also wish to remember that health education is at its core a statement about the value of life of each individual, and that a new order of health can be achieved to save these lives, which is our prime goal and purpose.