Mobile comms empowers 90% of Africans to participate in the global economy and receive otherwise inaccesible services. But despite benefits of mobile access, many struggle from under-resourced health systems. The Ebola epidemic was exacerbated by this weakness. Mobile technologys can enable disease surveillance, remote diagnosis and disease management. We will use real examples to discuss the opportunities, challenges and success factors of an unconventional, technological, health revolution.
Dr. Precious Lunga was Head of Health at Econet wireless where she promoted access to health services using mobile phones and acquired more than 500,000 customers within its first year. She has also worked with women across Africa in anti-HIV microbicide trials and has been featured at the Women of the World festival and other media programs including BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Sky News.