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Tuberculosis in the Kingdom in the Sky

A village health worker receives an alert using a text message system
WHO/Sam Nuttall

The horse riders are supported by a team of village health workers, who screen patients for TB and use a novel text messaging system to track patients' test results. The health workers receive an alert as soon as the results are ready so that patients can be put onto TB treatment immediately. The system, based on open source software, has very low operating costs.

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