Telenor will partner with INGO on ‘tele-medicine’ services

Telenor Myanmar and the non-profit health organisation Marie Stopes International announced last week that they will be partnering on an initiative to connect isolated communities with healthcare professionals via smartphone.

Initially the project will be focused on young children and expectant mothers, according to a joint statement from the partners, but they plan to eventually expand the program to a wide variety of “telemedicine” projects.

“The combination of their extensive healthcare experience and our network rollout for affordable mobile communication means we can help provide key health advice to most parts of Myanmar,” said Petter Furberg, CEO of Telenor Myanmar.

The statement said the advice and recommendations of pre-natal health experts “will be available via text and voice activated SMS, interactive voice response, and through call centers with customised real-time advice by healthcare professionals.”

The statement did not reveal how much consumers would pay for the service, saying only that it would be for an “affordable” cost.

Two-thirds of Myanmar’s population lives in remote areas where accurate information about healthcare can be hard to come by.

“With 70 percent of the population living in rural areas where there is need for skilled healthcare personnel on the ground, finding innovative solutions to increase coverage of key maternal and child information and services is critically important,” said Dr. Sid Naing, country director of MSI Myanmar.


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