January 2007

CDC Fosters Global e-Health

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Despite the recent and rapid improvements in the domain of  information and communication technology (ICT) across the globe, there are still yawning gaps in terms of access to healthcare services. Technological advances now provide wireless internet access to remote locations such as Timor-Leste, yet there the child mortality rates are still ten times to those of in the US or UK.  Short Message Service (SMS) use is ubiquitous in Nigerian cities, yet remnants of polio menace are still very much present in their rural areas.  One mobile telephone call from Singapore to a coastal village in India saved thousands of lives during the 2004 tsunami, yet someone in India quietly dies every 30 seconds from Malaria

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