The mobile revolution demonstrates that uptake and scaling are possible when there is a demand and a sustainable business model. In the long run, a sustainable model for development needs to become increasingly donor-independent. This requires a clear understanding of both the beneficiaries and the payers on the demand side; households, government health systems, the private sector or a combination of them.
The report describes a number of innovative projects that are focused on improving the health of poor women, newborns and children.
In Cell-Life's program, mothers get short text messages for 10 weeks with helpful tips, and reminders to keep appointments and give medications. In a trial of 738 mothers, more than 90 percent of the 323 who got messages brought infants for testing, compared with 78 percent of those who didn't receive messages. The project costs $1.50 per mother to send messages, nothing to the mother who receives them. An estimated 80 percent of South Africans have access to mobile phones.
After a successful pilot in Nige
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