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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2017.08.15
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Josh, how do you nurture your staff? “I choose really bright people - brighter than me in their fields - and encourage them to compete with their ideas.” In this way they see that they’re free to do their best, and that the best ideas win. “It encourages them, and increases their dedication and determination.” Join ANA BLUE WING and support Changemakers like Josh. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/josh_nesbit/ #josh #ANABLUEWING
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2017.08.08
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Josh’s goals for Medic Mobile Josh aims for global health equity, so that your social status, how much money you make, who you are or where you live don't determine your health or your outcomes. To get there, in 2017 Medic Mobile are expanding to 10,000 new communities, supporting 25,000 health workers going door-to-door, providing health care for just over 12 million people. Between 2017 and 2021 - around 4 years - they plan to have health workers deliver care to at least 100 million people, and in 2022, double that. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/josh_nesbit/ #josh #ANABLUEWING
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2017.05.20
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Community healthcare in the cloud Medic Mobile is all about bringing the power of technology to rural health workers. The latest step is the Standard tools package, a cloud-based app running on feature phones, smartphones, tablets and laptops, brimming with metrics and analytics that give solid support to community health workers and their organizations by putting all their data in one place. Better tools lead directly to better community health. Support ANA BLUE WING and help Josh and Medic Mobile achieve exactly that. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/josh_nesbit/ #josh #ANABLUEWING
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2017.05.19
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Better metrics lead to better organization, funding, and outcomes Recently, Medic Mobile attended the First International Symposium on Community Health Workers in Kampala, Uganda, at which this became very clear. Because of this, the metrics and analysis available in the tools Medic Mobile makes available to community health workers directly lead to better health outcomes. Support ANA BLUE WING and help Josh make community health better worldwide. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/josh_nesbit/ #josh #ANABLUEWING
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2017.05.18
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Fighting Diabetes It's one of the most common non-communicable diseases in the world, and is increasing in low-income countries like Indonesia. Gestational diabetes - affecting pregnant women - can be easily diagnosed through prenatal screening, and can be controlled effectively. Medic Mobile has recently partnered with Universitas Indonesia’s School of Medicine to provide diabetes screening tools for health workers. Healthier mothers mean healthier kids and societies. Support ANA BLUE WING and help Josh improve disadvantaged peoples' health everywhere. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/josh_nesbit/ #josh #ANABLUEWING

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