Monthly Archive: June 2016

Jun 14

The fight against the Zika Virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that over 2,500 babies in Brazil will be born with microcephaly attributed to Zika. “If this pattern is confirmed beyond Latin America and the Caribbean, the world will face a severe public health crisis,” said the WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. She said the Zika virus initially looked “reassuringly mild,” with …

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Jun 07

MomConnect an SMS service making great inroads

MomConnect  is a mobile phone-based messaging service to provide South Africa’s estimated 1.2-million pregnant women with free antenatal health care information.  Maternal and infant mortality is still a huge issue in South Africa. In 2015, 41 out of 1000 children under five died, while 140 out of 100,000 mothers lost their lives. In 2014, the South …

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