Malaria is a disease that still thwarts much of Africa. Around 2,200 people die daily from it, many of them children. The anti-malarial drugs that exist are extremely effective in curing those affected, however the problem very much revolves around maintaining an adequate supply of the drug.
Pharmaceutical company, Novartis, has come up with an efficient way of maintaining adequate supplies in rural areas. They have developed a way of tracking drug stockpiles, by using SMS texting, which ensures that enough of the anti-malarial drug is present, to try to counteract shortages. The campaign is called ‘SMS for Life’ and has actively helped in reducing deaths.
It was first launched in 2010, and since its initial success in Tanzania, it