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Changemaker Challenge: Collect Used Phones to Fund Health Programs in Africa and Asia

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Join us in supporting this week’s Changemaker Challenge via DoSomething.org:

The Problem

One billion people will never see a doctor in their lives and will never receive essential health services, like vaccinations, medications, and care during childbirth.

The Solution

Our BFFs at the not-for-profit Medic Mobile can provide these essential services using mobile technology. Yep, around 90% of the population in developing nations has access to a cell signal.

Many materials in cell phones can be recycled and resold for money. Raise funds for Medic Mobile by running a phone collection drive!

Most of the parts of your cell phone can be broken down and recycled to make new products. The money from your recycled phones will be turned into funding for Medic Mobile to bring their technology to more places or enhance their technology where it already exists. Collect phones in your community, use our free shipping label to send them, and we’ll take it from there!

Medic Mobile is a not-for-profit with projects in 21 countries around the world. Health workers use Medic Mobile to register every pregnancy, track disease outbreaks faster, keep stock of essential medicines, and communicate about emergencies. The organization works over SMS on $10 feature phones, with systems simple to learn and implement. Their tools have increased vaccination rates from 60% to 99% in India; saved thousands of hours in transportation in Malawi; helped pregnant women give birth in a hospital twice as often in Kenya; and reported medicine shortages 134 times faster in Mexico. 

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 Feature photo, Zulu woman on cell phone via Shutterstock

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