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mTrac – Changing the face of health service delivery in Uganda using SMS

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Publication Date: 
September 28, 2012

Imagine limping into a clinic with a heavy bout of malaria in a remote Sub-county clinic in North Eastern Uganda, not knowing if you will walk out alive and well reports UNICEF’s Yusuf Atef. Only to find that – thanks to an innovative system called mTrac – you do walk out alive, well and in possession of all the proper drugs you need.

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TIME’s Mobile Tech Issue: Tracking Disease, One Text at a Time

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Publication Date: 
August 15, 2012

Accurate bookkeeping is on nobody’s list of heroic acts. But without it, some revolutions are impossible, including the overhaul of a nation’s health care infrastructure. And Uganda’s health care system needs quite an overhaul. There aren’t enough doctors, just 131 hospitals serve nearly 36 million people, and children are dying of treatable diseases, especially malaria, which accounts for up to 40% of medical visits and almost a quarter of deaths among kids under 5.