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I'm really interested in improving public health in resoure-limited regions such as Africa through the use of affordable technologies. Text messaging really struck me as a useful tool considering that a large section of the population now has cell phones. I'm exploring if and how text messaging can be used to send reminders, track uptake, and keep an electronic medical record.
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I'm originally from Kenya but residing in the USA since 1998. I've started out teaching in Kenya then transitioned to compliance within Health-IT and have been working as a compliance analyst since 2007. I have been involved in organizing at least 2 free medical camps in Kenya and was really moved by the need for improved health infrastructure. This experience has really motivated me to pursue public health issues in Kenya more vigorously. I will be starting my PhD in Public Health in Fall 2011.
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Given your application - you should look at http://stopstockouts.org/ as a successful example that doesn't require a lot of expenses, because its usage (a behavior) is triggered by immediate feedback loops.
As for FLSMS in Kenya - I haven't used it yet. The input data has taken 4 months to get started :( and I might use clickatell if FLSMS (the cheaper option) doesn't work. I like Clickatell's ability to accept a bunch of pre-written and pre-addressed messages as a single CSV file.