Tonight I received a text from a friend in Haiti urgently looking for Diptheria Antitoxin. From Chicago I texted my colleagues at Love a Child Disaster Recovery Center in Fond Parisien and also Mark Courtney at HUEH. Mark, already networked well at HUEH, referred me to a ID physician from PIH (Partners in Health). http://www.standwithhaiti.org/haiti
Mobile technologies are amazing asset in global health; and when networks are up and running they can be very helpful in providing health care services in disaster or post disaster settings.
Information Communication technology (ICT) has the potential to improve humanitarian response. Check out Ushahidi’s work in Haiti. http://haiti.ushahidi.com/
…..My friend was already connected with Mark’s contact at PIH….. they are transporting the diptheria antitoxin back to the IDP (internally displaced persons) camp at this very moment…..