African Countries Use Text Messages to Report Local Drug Shortages
September 21, 2009
PlusNews/IRIN examines how a program launched earlier this year in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia is helping people to use text messages to report shortages of "essential medicines to treat common diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea, HIV and tuberculosis" at their local clinics or hospital pharmacies. "Stock-outs often mean that poor patients, who cannot afford to travel to other health facilities or to buy drugs from the private sector, simply go without, risking serious health consequences," the news service writes (9/17).
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