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The health challenge in emerging market cities
Former PM of Pakistan, Shaukat Aziz calls for the reinvention of urban and rural public health, but at what cost?
April 4, 2011 10:05 by Arab News
This includes new and affordable technologies, such as low-cost mobile telephony for use by community-health workers. In Pakistan, for example, there are 60 million mobile phone subscribers in a population of 160 million. Mobile telephones can help deliver affordable urban health care by serving as diagnostic tools for taking pictures, and by their usefulness for writing prescriptions and monitoring the condition of patients in low-income areas.
In short, urban public health needs to be reinvented. The health of emerging-market cities – and countries – demands no less.