Inspiring, Empowering, Teaching, Reaching and Changing Behaviours
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million.
While many successful projects have been developed to use mobile phones in various settings to transmit messages – encouraging people to come to health centres for check ups, reminders to take medication, and public health campaigns – HealthPhone™ is an innovative leap forward.
HealthPhone™ provides families with their own personal reference library and guide to better health practices. Available in real time, right to those who need it, when they need it and when a health problem is about to strike, where they are, and as they are.
• No signal is required.
• No connection is required.
• Nothing to download and install.
When a child has diarrhoea, the video clip about how to mix a simple oral rehydration solution (ORS) can mean the difference between the child living and dying. Diarrhoea kills an estimated 1.5 million children each year. Inexpensive and effective treatments for diarrhoea exist, but in developing countries only 39 per cent of children with diarrhoea receive the recommended treatment. Use of ORS has been shown to decrease millions of deaths from dehydration caused by diarrhoea.
When the malaria season approaches, the video clip about bed nets and how to deal with fevers can help prevent the death of children and prevent complications in women who are pregnant. One million deaths a year – most of them children under five in Africa, can be prevented as the result of using mosquito nets and appropriate diagnosis and treatment of fevers. In fact, on average a child in Africa dies every 30 seconds from a malaria infection caused by the bite of a mosquito.
When persistent coughs and colds are disrupting children's sleep, the video clip and audio information will provide a step by step guide on what to check for, how to treat and how to ensure that a serious case of pneumonia does not set in. Pneumonia is the biggest cause of child deaths in the world, killing 1.8 million children under five years of age every year, more than 98% of which occur in 68 developing countries. Early intervention to treat coughs can lead to decrease in cases of pneumonia among children, preventing millions of deaths a year.
Preloaded Content on Low-Cost Mobile Phones and on the Cloud!
HealthPhone™'s health and nutrition content is scripted on knowledge prepared jointly by UNICEF, WHO, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNDP, UNAIDS, WFP and The World Bank. It addresses the main areas of concern.
Timing Births, Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health, Child Development and Early Learning, Breastfeeding, Nutrition and Growth, Immunization, Diarrhoea, Coughs Colds and More Serious Illnesses, Hygiene, Malaria, HIV, Child Protection, Injury Prevention, Emergencies: preparedness and response.
This knowledge, in 78 languages
, is pre-loaded on microSD memory cards for popular low-cost models of mobile phones – no signal is required, nor cost to download videos and other media. Users choose what they want to watch and listen to and when, wherever they happen to be.
For India: English and 15 Indian Languages: Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
HealthPhone™ is coming soon to a village, town, city, slum, block, district, state, province, country near you!