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Mobile health should be for hard-to-reach groups too, says UN speaker

Nafis Sadik
Richard Handford


LIVE FROM mHEALTH SUMMIT, WASHINGTON DC: Nafis Sadik, a member of the UN Foundation board and an advocate of women’s rights and family planning in the developing world, used her keynote to argue the ubiquity of mobile phones means hard-to-reach groups should also receive health advice.

The poorest groups in society, the young, migrant communities and street people are all those in the developing world who could be targeted with health information through their phones, she said.

Speaking afterwards to Mobile Health Live, Sadik said the range of recipients should also be extended from end-users to health professionals too. She gave the example of a midwife dealing with complications arising during a birth who could receive advice over the phone on  how to proceed.

“My point is that we should look at what services are available at the local level. It may not be the best service, but it’s the possible service,” she said

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