The mobile health squad

June 25, 2010

Collecting health information is vital but time consuming: open-source software has a cure.

“When you hear a statistic about the number of children in Cambodia who are HIV positive, that represents months of people going around the country and filling out forms,” says Dr Joel Selanikio. “They then send months of years typing that information up. As a result the final statistics are out of date.”

To remedy this, DataDyne – a non-profit Washington-DC based company founded by Selanikio and Rose Donna, a computer scientist who previously worked for the Red Cross – developed EpiSurveyor, the first mobile-phone and web app designed to collect public health data. It’s open-source and free to download, and allows users to design a survey which can be customised to any type of data. EpiSurveyor is now operating in more than 20 African countries. It has also been downloaded by the UK government, the Canadian Ministry… [more]

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Hard to swallow: race-based medicine

February 13, 2010

The helicopter hovers over the ledge and then runs for several minutes across the red-rock floor of the Grand Canyon. It ducks down into another, deeper valley with golden trees, fields of Indian corn and horses that sleep in the autumn sun. The land down below, as it is known, is the world of the Native American tribe the Havasupai people of the blue-green water. It is, in some respects, a natural paradise; though on closer inspection the houses are small and propped up on stilts, with rubbish trampled into the dirt.

The atmosphere over Supai, the town where the helicopter lands, is one of a troubled Utopia. People wear a pinched and unhappy look, strangers are treated with caution. The Havasupai say the blood of their ancestors has been taken and exploited. They blame a local giant for this alleged misappropriation: Arizona State University (ASU). The university’s project, both sides agree, was to… [more]

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