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Date:9/12/2011

ria, which reduced the turnaround time from 33 to 14 days, the system is going nationwide. Already 50 printers have been installed for four laboratories, with another 200 ready to be installed. The government is stepping up their financing. Plans for expansion include automating and analyzing results and adding other tests to the system.

  • D-Tree installs interactive software on mobile phones to help front-line health workers treat acutely malnourished children in Tanzania, where about 6 percent of children are malnourished and as many as 30 percent die. Guidelines for treating acute malnutrition are complex and may need to be highly individualized.

In Zanzibar, where the system was tested, the software equipped phones helped health workers calculate correct weights and treatments. This is communicated directly with mothers. The phones, which cost about $120 a month for each health worker and $1.33 for each child, provide a low cost way to treat malnutrition.

  • colalife. As many as 20 percent of children in the developing world die of easily treated diseases, such as diarrhea, before the age of 5, even though inexpensive and effective treatments are available.

But these treatments are not always accessible where they are needed, mainly in remote, rural areas where little medical help exists. Yet somehow Coca-Cola is always on hand.

That's why Simon Berry came up with the idea of using the Coca-Cola supply chain to take anti-diarrheal kits to remote, rural areas where local entrepreneurs could sell them. At this writing, colalife is being tested in Zambia.

"We know how to save lives of women, newborns and young children," says Carole Presern, PhD, a midwife and director of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, which has 400 members including governments, foundations, non-governmental organizations, universities, the private sector and others. "As these and other technologies are scaled up, we
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Contact: Marshall Hoffman
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United Nations Foundation
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