The Mobile Technology That’s Improving Lives
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The mobile technology industry is dynamic, where the mobile phone has gone from being a status symbol to being technology that enables almost every interaction in our daily lives and, in some parts of the world, improving lives. Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ brings advanced wireless technologies to underserved communities globally, improving lives with programs that strengthen economic and social development. Over the last 10 years, it has made a difference to 11 million people through 119 programs, with mobile health, education, public safety, entrepreneurship and agricultural programs in over 45 countries. Morocco is one such country, where Wireless Reach, through its Mobile Ultrasound Patrol program has advanced care for pregnant women through early detection and treatment of major causes of maternal mortality.
Every day, around the world, 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Of these deaths, 40 percent are due to injuries or conditions related to placenta complications and the only way of detecting abnormal placenta challenges is through an ultrasound. The Mobile Ultrasound Patrol program provides participating doctors and nurses with backpacks containing devices that are wirelessly connected to specialists in hospital clinics to ensure far reaching, high quality diagnostics. Patients, nurses and doctors access the system via mobile devices like smartphones and phablets (phone – tablet). Images are captured with a portable ultrasound device, which are wirelessly transmitted securely for a physician to review.
For many communities, simple voice and text connections have brought about revolutions in access to financial, health, agricultural and education services and opportunities for employment. As worldwide, two billion people lack access to financial services such as banks or credits cards, making it difficult for them to make payments or transfer money, particularly in emerging regions like the Philippines. The women here are often the financial managers of the household; it is common for them to hide the little money they save under mattresses or in various places throughout the house. This does not allow for sufficient savings or sound financial management.
Now, the Hapinoy Mobile Money Hubs program, a micro-enterprise project focused on small, neighborhood convenience shops is empowering these women and others. Wireless Android smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processors and dual-SIM capability are used by Hapinoy storeowners to provide their communities access to mobile financial services. It enables these small shops to offer new products and be better micro-entrepreneurs, in order to grow their stores into sustainable businesses.
Innovation is making a difference in addressing urgent developmental challenges. Wireless Reach programs focus on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and have motivated governments around the world to expand mobile broadband access to their citizens while advancing strategic business goals. More research is needed to find solutions to other global challenges. Strong international co-operation that involves public and private bodies is an important mechanism for finding these solutions.
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