Fighting malaria in Cambodia with Google Earth and SMS

Fighting malaria in Cambodia with Google Earth and SMS
Malaria is a nasty mosquito borne disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year. For those the disease does not kill, it is an unpleasant fever and headache, and there is no vaccine. In Cambodia, a virulent strain is finding its way across the region and it is resistant to drug treatment.

Enter the Cambodian villagers armed with mobile phones. Their role is to report new suspected cases so that treatment and containment may be rendered as quickly as possible. Cambodia has established a dedicated text messaging service to alert health officials of new cases of the disease.

The good news is that Cambodia is getting very good at fighting the disease. In 2011, there were over 108,000 reported cases, of which 96 were fatal. That is an impressive success rate when you consider the disease kills well over 600,000 people every year.

Now, with this drug resistant strain making its way through the area, the SMS alerts are proving critical in targeting treatment in remote areas of the country. Once the text alerts are received, cases are plotted using Google Earth and then resources are allocated. With this reporting mechanism in place, officials have literally made a quantum leap in reporting times. The process used to take a month.

The SIM cards are provided for free by Mobitel and the initiative is part of a broader malaria containment project which has received significant funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The SMS program is well underway with 230 volunteers using the system, and there are plans to expand it to all volunteers in the project.

source: Agence France-Presse via Yahoo!


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15 Comments

1. thelegend6657 unregistered

My father used to work at Cambodia for a year and i visited him there , crazy place

3. Optimistic

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 23, 2012

Hay guy, could u ples be optimistic about other. Don't judge thing in the first instance. Ur country may have been even crazier than that. Why this world contain such a guy like u??

5. Jacky99

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 23, 2012

you are totally right

6. Motatrola

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

You tell someone not to judge, then you say, "Why this world contain such a guy like u??" all I have to say is that you make no sense and maybe you should practice what you preach... Have you ever been to Cambodia?

13. thelegend6657 unregistered

No traffic lights with corrupted cops at each corner . Things are expensive as f**k at that country but salary of the people there is so low . Roadside Noodles cost 3usd there while only cost rm4 Malaysian here . If have seen a land cruiser coming at me from (he is at the wrong side of the road ) at the police saw that and don't give a s**t .

4. Jacky99

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 23, 2012

You think other place is crazy. It means that you also look down to the humain life at that place. We are in the same world, even Cambodia, or US, everyone live in the same world. I really wonder that until this centuary, still extisted humain kind like you. Kick you ass for this website, if u still look down to other

8. Motatrola

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Are you serious? You are more of a judge, and a worse one then the one who you accuse. You all need an education so go get one!

9. Motatrola

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Don't respond the the english language if you can't understand it, you are likely to misinterpret things, as you did here...

12. Optimistic

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 23, 2012

Check ur English again before u said that to others. Educated guy used double "the" here. Hmmmmm...

2. Angkor

Posts: 108; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Cambodia is the world poorest country any kind of helps are great for them. Google and SMS messages make it easy for them.

10. Motatrola

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Fighting Malaria with Google Earth and SMS is awesome! Thank God for the technology!!!

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