Can mobile phones save lives?

Health on the move - BBC Media Action policy briefing

Health on the move – can mobile phones save lives?

This policy briefing focuses on how one of the greatest engines of innovation in the 21st century – the mobile phone – offers important opportunities for saving lives.

It draws on BBC Media Action's direct experience in using phones to improve health education in one of the poorest states of India.

Bihar has among the highest rates of maternal and child mortality in the country, but also one of the most rapidly expanding mobile markets.

The briefing shows how, in a region where mobile phones outnumber basic goods such as water taps and toilets, the former have emerged as a simple, high-impact solution for improving the survival chances of mothers and babies.

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