That’s what mothers in Lesotho, in Southern Africa, face when waiting for HIV results for their children. Poor roads and lack of transportation mean not only a horrendous delay in relaying lab results, but many mothers never return to the clinic to learn if their baby is HIV positive. Without treatment, half of these HIV-positive infants won’t live to see their second birthday.
Mobile phones are the perfect solution to this tragic problem. For mere pennies health workers can send test results via text messages. Thousands of mothers are no longer waiting eight weeks for results and infants are receiving the treatment they need.
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Foundation has challenged the community to raise $15,000 in the next 48 hours to help purchase cell phones for mothers in need.* Can you chip in $15 to help meet this lifesaving goal?
Their teams around the world are using mobile phones to provide many innovative solutions. In countries like Kenya where 63% of the population have mobile phones, medical workers are communicating directly with patients to improve health care.
Mobile phones are being used to alert patients of future appointments, help them correctly take medications, and empower them to make smart health decisions.
Simple technology we take for granted is transforming HIV-treatment for many women and children around the world. For the cost of your $15 monthly text plan or a $100 new smart phone, the Foundation can purchase more cell phones and dramatically improve the medical care of women and children who need it mos. Give generously now!
We have just 48 hours to hit our goal. Your support is greatly appreciated.