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In Pictures: 10 examples of mobile health around the world

Health care workers in the developing world are using mobile phones to address critical health needs ranging from maternal mortality to HIV testing to clean water. Here are 10 examples of mobile health around the world.

Encouraging HIV Testing

AIDS is still hitting Africa hard. Mobile technology is being used to improve HIV testing. Companies such as Cell-Life are using SMS to send basic informational and motivational messages about the importance of HIV testing. Cell-Life's research has found that those who receive the message are more likely to get tested than those who don't.

Another problem associated with HIV testing is the time delay that can occur when test results are delivered through standard postal mail. Several organizations are addressing this problem by using SMS to transmit HIV test results so patients receive them in seconds instead of weeks.

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