Making Malaria the “First Disease Beaten by Mobile”
This first event in a new global health seminar series discussed how malaria is making innovative use of mobile technology in ways that have the potential to revolutionize the fight against disease in the developing world.
These new approaches build on two complementary trends: 1) the advent of cheap, accurate rapid diagnostic tests for malaria that create 200 million new data points for the disease on the African continent each year, and 2) the mobile revolution in Africa (1 billion mobile phones by 2015), which can capture and deliver this data to decision makers in real time. These new tools are transforming health education, stock management, the fight against counterfeits, and real time epidemiology in ways that are saving lives and paving the way for malaria eradication. They’re also creating an unprecedented opportunity for donors in the developed world to donate and track the real time progress of their investments on the ground in Africa.
Martin Edlund, CEO, Malaria No More, highlighted how innovative use of technology can make malaria the “first disease beaten by mobile”.
Iqram Magdon-Ismail, Co-Founder, Venmo, described how Venmo’s innovation in the social payment space can inspire radical change in the way people engage charity and global causes.
Ashifi Gogo, CEO, Sproxil, talked about the company’s award-winning “Mobile Product Authentication,” a counterfeit protection technology that allows consumers to protect themselves from fake or stolen goods and has the potential to transform data in the fight against disease. Sproxil was recently named the #1 Most Innovative Company in healthcare by Fast Company.
Jessica Cohen, Assistant Professor of Global Health, Harvard School of Public Health, moderated the discussion.
Friday, September 13, 2013, 4:30-6:00PM
Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street