How Are You Improving Healthcare in Africa?

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Africa lags the whole world still on health conditions, desperately of course, but one of the amazing things is that the diseases that kill so many Africans like malaria, diseases we don't know in the US, these are treatable, largely preventable, 100% treatable if you get there on time, but the doctors and the nurses, where are they? Well, they are in the United States or they're in the middle East or they're in London, they aren't enough of them in the rural area.

So one of the great things in recent years is the frontline community health workers, that means young women from villages maybe with a tenth grade education, but three months or six months of training, now carrying a smartphone filled with a lot of information, a lot of great apps and ability to call the clinic or the ambulance, with the backpack that has the medicine that can cure malaria, and now we are wonderful diagnostic tests.

You don't need a microscope, you don't need a labaratory, you need a drop of blood from that child and within 15 minutes you know whether the child has malaria, it's kind of a revolution of front-line delivery, and we call these the community health workers because it's helped delivery in community.

You don't have to get to a clinic or a hospital, you don't need a medical doctor, and this is so powerful so dynamic from all the small demonstration projects, that this is a moment where with massive cellphone coverage now available, great new technologies, these community health worker approaches could now be scaled up across Africa.

So, I've been working with african leaders, President Kagame of Rwanda, Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn of Ethiopia, President Boni Yayi of Benin, to get all of the african leadership to start mobilising these community health workers, and I'm scouring around to the telecom companies, the IT companies, the UN agencies and others who are doing great things saying let's get all all of this and a massive scale up, and we're proposing to help the African countries to train, deploy, compensate or give remuneration and provision one million front line village based community workers by 2015.

If we do it it's going to save millions of lives for years there after and there is a lot of enthusiasm a lot of partnership and this what the campaign is about was launched in doubles.