In west Africa many doctors have signed on to an anti-poverty group's free mobile phone network.The free texts from South Africa's largest HIV treatment site are part of a push in Africa to boost health by targeting the continent's 624 million mobile phone subscribers.
In west Africa, 2,200 doctors in Ghana and all of Liberia's 143 doctors have signed on to anti-poverty group Africa Aid's MDNet network, allowing them to call or text other physicians for free. In Ghana, a national directory helps find the number to call. This new free mobile phone network is an incredible asset to people living in rural areas that lack health care specialists. Rwanda is one of this countries where rural villagers do not have access to health care, with one doctor to every 18,000 people. Now that this technology is available- health care providers are able to communicate with one another to help those in need. This efficient service also has helped cut down missed appointments- in one Johannesburg hospital missed appointments fell from 15 percent to 4 percent through a free text message service.
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