BLUE WING -WINGS FOR CHANGE- 「Changing health care in the developing world. Via mobile technology.」

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Josh Nesbit

Hospitals and adequate health care are out of reach for many rural corners of the developing world. Yet even in the planet's most isolated regions, cellphone coverage has become ubiquitous. By leveraging these mobile networks, social Josh Nesbit discovered a simple tool for solving health care inequality.

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One flight to one of our countries of operation enables 5 health care workers in the world's most underserved areas to improve medical treatment for 2,500 people.

Josh Nesbit

STORY OF CHANGEMAKING

Inadequate communications infrastructure leads to needless deaths

imageI never dreamed I would set up a global company. But a glimpse of the health care system in Malawi during sophomore year changed my life by 180 degrees. Villages and hospitals being tens of kilometers apart, health care workers could not get to needing patients in time. Simply because of poor communications infrastructure, people were dying unnecessarily.

But glancing down at my cellphone, I noticed I had six bars. I discovered that basic cellphone service is solid, even in isolated villages. My mission was clear - use cellphones to connect villages with hospitals.

Returning to California, I collaborated with a visiting fellow building a simple communication system using open-source software. I contacted over 200 companies, asking them to donate cellphones. A grand total of one company agreed, giving us 100 units. In my junior year, I returned to Malawi, with cellphones and a software system – which immediately started making powerful results. I became convinced that while developing vaccines and medicines were important, creating a mobile-based communication system was critical in upgrading health care.

I want to create a world where basic health care exists for all

imageEveryone has a right to basic health care regardless of nationality or income. Upgrading basic health care doubles lifespans. That's why Medic Mobile is focused on primary areas like maternal health care and pediatric vaccinations. By systematically using cellphones to follow-up with families and communities in one city in India, vaccination rates rose from 60% to 99%.

I believe that the responsibility for bringing health care equality to developing nations lies with all of us in the industrialized world - not just medical specialists, but with people like software engineers, and even the ANA staff who make it possible for us to fly. The motto "we are all health workers" reflects our belief that everyone has a role to play.

Cellphones are a critical tool for revolutionizing global health care

imageSurprisingly, 90% of the world's population has basic cell coverage*. So there's no better tool for revolutionizing medical care. By 2020, our goal is to extend health care to 100 million people. But that's just a start. My mission is to see all seven billion people on this planet having access to basic care.

*2010 World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report

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PROFILE

Portrait of Josh Nesbit

Josh Nesbit

During his sophomore year at Stanford medical school, Josh studied pediatric HIV/AIDS in rural Malawi. He and a local health worker realized that even poor communities had excellent text-messaging capability - and the seed of Medic Mobile was sown. By his senior year, Josh abandoned plans to become a physician, and devoted his energies to Medic Mobile fulltime. Now 28 years old, he travels the world constantly, immortalized on Instagram for his ability to sleep on planes.

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2017.10.09
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What growth means to Josh Non-profits usually talk about growth in terms of head-count and budget, but Medic Mobile focus on growth in terms of the number of projects they support, increases in essential health services, and increases or improvements in equity within every one of those health systems. For Josh, growth in outcomes, not his organization or its income, is what counts. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/josh_nesbit/ #josh #ANABLUEWING
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2017.10.02
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What motivated Josh to start Medic Mobile? He recalls it as a moment of deliberation, about trying things a certain way and with the necessary funds and people to turn his idea into a reality, how that might change the future. He wanted to create something that would benefit all health-systems, healthworkers, citizens and healthcare bodies in poorer countries, as they deserve. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/josh_nesbit/ #josh #ANABLUEWING
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2017.09.12
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Medic Mobile, full of challenge Congratulations to Josh and the Medic Mobile team in reaching the semi-final of the 2017 Fuller Challenge, an annual competition run by the Buckminster Fuller Institute, which rewards the most innovative 'whole system' design project that simultaneously tackles a whole range of complex social problems. Support ANA BLUE WING and help Medic Mobile make it to the final! https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/josh_nesbit/ #josh #ANABLUEWING
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2017.09.11
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Josh, why is Medic Mobile so successful? Medic Mobile acts like a tech company, but in the NGO sector. Josh says: “We've had an opportunity to think in a whole new way about the role of software in the world, and whom we should be building things for, and delivering them to. We act like a tech company in the way we think about our scale and growth metrics, but are delivering with and for people who otherwise would be excluded from using these tools and health systems. 100% growth is an outlier for an NGO, but normal for a tech company. It proves to us that we’re doing it right.” Support ANA BLUE WING to help Josh keep doing it right! https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/josh_nesbit/ #josh #ANABLUEWING
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2017.08.27
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Changemaker Josh’s favorite book 'What is the What' by Dave Eggers. “It was recommended to me at the end of my long time in a refugee camp. It tells the story of a group of young boys called ‘The Lost Boys’, who, having lost everything, depart on a journey. After meeting so many children and refugees in similar circumstances, it felt very poignant – imaginative fiction but very close to reality. I am really glad I came across this book. Josh’s experience in the camp is what inspired him to start Medic Mobile. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/josh_nesbit/ #josh #ANABLUEWING

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