No technology has ever been adopted as fast as the smartphone - ever. Consumers have embraced these devices faster than the automobile, electricity, personal computers, and even the internet.
Over 60 percent of Africans live in rural areas, far from any health facility or hospital. Most of them will never see a doctor in their lifetime. Instead, they depend on the care of community health workers, nurses, traditional birth attendants and midwives, if they are lucky enough to have one who lives nearby and is qualified to deliver effective health care.
I have always believed that all game changing solutions are inherently multidisciplinary. Learning from higher education, using the tools of information technology and applying them to public health may prove to be the most potent of solutions to permanently end preventable maternal and child mortality.