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Mobile phones, no longer a simple tool of ordinary communication in rural Rwanda

8 December, at 21 : 54 PM Print

In 2010, the Rwandan government donated cell phones to health care workers in an effort to save pregnant women and babies. Volunteer community health workers in the rural areas were given free phones so they can keep track of all the pregnant women in their villages.

The cell phones are used to register and monitor expecting mothers. If there are any questions, complications or updates, health workers simply send a text to their local clinic and receive a response within minutes.

The cell-phone program, or Rapid SMS scheme, was set up in conjunction with various U.N. organizations to bring the number of maternal deaths down.

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