RYOT News Advisory Board member Olivia Wilde, along with co-founders David Darg and Bryn Mooser, recently traveled to Potou, Senegal, a fishing village in the north of the country. The aim of the trip was to see in real-time the work of community health workers in that highly remote area and how it’s not only saving lives, but also changing the fabric of local communities.
Olivia and Ryot traveled with the 1 Million Community Health Workers campaign (@1Mhealthworkers), which is aiming to train and deploy one million local health care workers to serve their communities by 2015. One of the most impressive elements of the program is how the health workers are harnessing the connectivity of the Ericsson network to use smartphones. Through a series of apps and data collection the program is bringing modern health care solutions to some of the most remote parts of Africa.
Watch RYOT’s video below to see how 1MCHW is not only improving and spreading health care across the continent, but also helping to change the role of women in African society.