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Mobile technology will help to keep the vaccine in remote areas

Mobile technology will help to keep the vaccine in remote areas

Mobile technology will help to keep the vaccine in remote areas

Electricity from mobile towers can be used to power the refrigeration of medicines in areas where you can not reach normal cable, says New Scientist.

So Morganster Hospital staff in the provinces of Zimbabwe until recently depended entirely on outages with electricity. If it was lost, we had to race for 26 kilometers to the district center to download the vaccine in the local refrigerator.

Now, thanks to a pilot project based on the idea of an infectious disease Harvey Rubin of the University of Pennsylvania and a student Alice Conant of Harvey Mudd College, to maintain the temperature in the refrigerator is taken excess energy from cell towers.

Today, the idea is tested in 10 hospitals in Zimbabwe with the support of the local mobile operator Econet Wireless. It is known that the towers are often placed additional generators or solar panels. They must keep the vaccine against polio, measles and diphtheria in special refrigerators that can support the long cold.

Sensors in the refrigerator is both outside and inside you to keep track if the door is not closed tightly. These refrigerators keep or right next to the tower, or in the nearby hospital. Similar projects will soon have to start in India and Kenya.