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The next step  is for the  project to develop a scalable solution in containing the disease further The next step is for the project to develop a scalable solution in containing the disease further

Malawi to use mobile technology to fight meningitis

Written by  Timothy KATETA Feb 04, 2016

The diagnosis and treatment of meningitis for children in Malawi is likely to improve following the adaptation of mobile phones as a tool to fight against the disease.

This comes after the founding of a new project called Action Meningitis by representatives of the international charity meningitis research foundation and the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust.

According to research 41,000 children died before reaching their 5th birthday in Malawi.

Over half of the deaths are reported to be illnesses that could have been prevented by earlier recognition and treatment.

The research further shows that there is a lack of knowledge amongst parents and some health professional about severe illnesses including meningitis in the country.

In a statement CEO of Meningitis Research Foundation Vinny Smith has revealed that since December 2012 over 262,134 children have been triaged through the use of the phones which have been placed in eight clinics in the Blantyre and Chikhwawa Districts.

The next step according to Smith is for the   project to develop a scalable solution in containing the disease further.

 

 

 

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