How Mobile Phones can Transform Health, Education and Agriculture in Liberia

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Digital technology is transforming the world, and Liberia can use this technology for tremendous purposes of wellbeing in almost all the sectors that drive the Liberian Economy. Out of some of the highly advanced digital technologies, mobile phone can present HealthCare, education and agriculture sectors in Liberia with unprecedented opportunities to run their operations and provide the chance for Liberia to leap ahead in a way that was unimaginable just a few years ago. This article is the first of a three part series detailing how the mobile phone can be a key transforming agent in the future of HealthCare, Education and Agriculture in Liberia. In this article we will discuss how the mobile phone can transform HeathCare in Liberia.The mobile phone is a strong contender in fundamentally transforming the future of health and healthcare in Liberia. There are now more than 1.5 million cell phone users in Liberia[1]. Liberia now has a pathway to reach the population who were unreached earlier, and deliver health services directly to people rather than just in health facilities.Liberia’s healthcare sector is severely short of healthcare resource constraints, equipment and drugs[2]. In such a country with severe resource constraints, mobile phones can be a major boon as it can empower both patients as well as healthcare practitioners (HCPs) by providing them with the necessary information required to make informed decisions about health issues such as timely monitoring of diseases, adequate health care provisions and making health living choices.As mobile phones have reached much deeper into Liberia than any other technology, it can help in supporting diagnosis, make collection of health data easier as well as advance research and education in the remotest and resource-poor regions of Liberia.The rapid penetration of mobile phones in the country provides good opportunity to reach those segments of the population who are currently left out because of distance and lack of communication, using ‘mHealth’ (mobile health) programs.Health centers in Liberia face difficulties getting the required medical supplies and drugs they need to treat patients. As a result, a large number of Liberians are plagued with preventable and treatable diseases. The mHealth programs can help overcome these infrastructure challenges and can help health workers to collect and disseminate logistics.Apart from helping patients, mobile phones can also prove helpful to health care providers in Liberia. The mobile phones can empower health care providers to provide high quality of patient care. Due to the shortage of healthcare facilities in Liberia, many Liberians have to wait for weeks and even months to get a physician’s appointment. With the adoption of mobile phones, healthcare facilities can remotely connect, interact and monitor with thousands of patients.In addition, there are several mobile apps that offer quick access to medical research from mobile devices to physicians. These apps can help doctors better understand the health of patients and provide improved care for the patients. Such apps are now being used by several countries in Africa. In Kenya, there is Child-Count, a SMS-based system that allows health care workers to register and treat children with acute malnutrition and diarrhea. By integrating healthcare with such mobile technology, Kenya aims to end poverty and reach the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015.The use of mobile phone can transform the entire health care system of Liberia by allowing doctors to deliver higher quality patient care and can ensure that more people in Liberia receive better care.last_img read more

Faurlin posts farewell message to QPR fans

first_imgAlejandro Faurlin has confirmed he will leave QPR this summer.West London Sport had earlier revealed that manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink had indicated that out-of-contract trio Faurlin, Clint Hill and Karl Henry are not in his plans.Faurlin, who has been at Rangers for seven years, subsequently posted a farewell message to fans on social media, thanking them for their support.Hasselbaink wanted to keep Junior Hoilett, whose contract also expires this summer, but the Canadian has told the club he wants to leave.See also: Hoilett tells QPR he wants to leaveFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Combine and planter demos at Farm Science Review

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The latest in agricultural equipment and farming methods will be showcased at the 2015 Farm Science Review during a plot combine and plot planter field demonstration Sept. 23 at 1 p.m., at theMolly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio.The demo is a great opportunity for crop researchers to see how different combines operate in corn and soybean plots and all aspects of the machines, said Matt Sullivan, assistant manager of the Farm Science Review, which is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.It’s also a good chance to see plot planters demonstrating the latest seeding techniques, he said, noting that the presentation is an addition to the show’s normal field demos schedule.“This is unique in that those attending the demo will see four different plot combines and three plot planters in action at a single event,” Sullivan said.Other field demos during the show include GPS technology/strip-till, nutrient application equipment, tillage, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), soil sampling, planter technology, corn harvest, corn stalk baling and wrapping, stalk shredders, soybean harvest and field drainage installation. A complete schedule can be found atfsr.osu.edu/node/111/mid/677.Show attendees wanting to see the plot demo or any other field demo should board a shuttle wagon on the west end of the Farm Science Review exhibit area. The demos will be the first stop, across from the Gwynne Conservation Area.last_img read more

Smileys by bicycle in Slovenia

first_imgWritten by Cindy Potter, a Geocaching HQ EmployeeGeocaching inspires adventure. Last summer, my family commenced on a cycling and geocaching adventure through Slovenia. On our two week journey, we biked 200 kilometers — from the capital, Ljubljana to the coastal city of Piran.Why Slovenia? As a Geocaching HQ staffer, I meet adventurers from all over the world. It’s one of the wonderful perks of my job! A couple years ago, icabrian, a community volunteer translator from Slovenia, visited us at Geocaching HQ. He is a terrific ambassador for his country, and encouraged HQ staffers to visit Slovenia. SharePrint RelatedCarrying Frogs to SafetyMay 14, 2018In “Community”Terezin Games Mega-EventJune 6, 2014In “Community”I FEEL sLOVEnia: Brand New Geocaching Country Souvenir for SloveniaNovember 16, 2015In “Community” Where is Slovenia? It’s nestled in a beautiful area of the world — bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia. It is formerly part of Yugoslavia and should not be confused with Slovakia!I didn’t think too much about the invitation, until a local geocacher told me that his children loved the caves of Slovenia. What?! Slovenia has caves? Some of the biggest and most spectacular caves in the world? At that point, my family was sold on the idea.Summer evening chat — GC6JKR9Before embarking on our geobiking adventure, we had a few days to explore the capital and more mountainous regions of Slovenia and to attend a geocaching event that was planned to welcome us to the country.The event was sponsored by the Slovenian Geocaching Club. The club is extremely active in hosting events, sharing information on their blog and social media pages, and welcoming new geocachers. They are really proud of the No Borders Event they co-hosted with the Croatian Geocaching Association last October. Slovenian and Croatian geocachers competed cooperatively in geocaching games, breaking down borders and making new friends along the way.Frau Potter and icabrianTips for making our adventure a success came from icabrian, the president of the Slovenian Geocaching Club. Through icabrian, we learned that Slovenia has a unique karst geology. Karst landscapes are made up of dissolvable rock such as limestone, that easily forms sinkholes and caves. Fun fact: Slovenia is home to more than 8,000 caves!Highlights from the seven-day trip were exploring caves at Predjama Castle, Divaška jama / Divaca Cave, and Skocjan Cave. My personal favorite was Predjama Castle, the largest cave castle in the world. Exploring caves gave a cool break from bicycling!Exploring Predjama castle and cave — GCKBT8At the end of our trip, we reached the Adriatic Sea, and enjoyed our first swim in the salty sea. Although it was the end of our journey, we knew we would enjoy more bicycle trips in our future. I hope our family adventure inspires you to dust off your bicycle, and consider a summer geobiking adventure of your own!We made it to the Adriatic Sea!Helpful Resources for  those who want to recreate this adventure:List of geocaches foundMap of found geocaches Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more