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YOUR OLD CELL PHONE COULD SAVE A LIFE: SEE HOW

YOUR OLD CELL PHONE COULD SAVE A LIFE: SEE HOW

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As the goalie on Stanford University's soccer team, Nesbit earned a full scholarship. But it was his hustle off the field that makes him a superstar. During his sophomore summer break four years ago, Nesbit volunteered at an AIDS clinic in Malawi, one of Africa's poorest, least-developed nations.

His idea was to use high-tech open source software on a laptop, along with some solar power and give away old cell phones so that local health workers can work on the frontlines of global health.

In Malawi, 85 percent of the people live in rural areas and most survive on a dollar a day. Nesbit volunteered at St. Gabriel's Hospital to help children with HIV. "This particular hospital was serving about a quarter million people, spread a hundred miles in every direction. So you literally had patients walking 60, 80, a hundred miles to access care. Basically one nurse would get onto a motorcycle and drive 10 hours a day trying to track down patients," Nesbit said.

Often community health workers, who travel miles to isolated African villages to see patients, have to lug boxes of medical records with them. Paper records can be lost or damaged, especially on long trips. "The information you're collecting in the field might not make it back to the higher level medical staff," he said.

(Photo courtesy of Josh Nesbit)                             

Nesbit realized that instead of biking or walking for hours on end, health workers and patients could instantly text each other if they just had the right technology. Back at Stanford, surrounded by high-tech engineers, Nesbit found a software guru named Ken Banks who could help make it happen. (more)

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Article by TERI WHITCRAFT, JUJU CHANG & OLIVIA KATRANDJIAN, ABC | Read full article here

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