This Earth Day, Resurrect the Cell Phone Graveyard This Earth Day, Resurrect the Cell Phone Graveyard
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This Earth Day, Resurrect the Cell Phone Graveyard
by Medic Mobile
Meet Susan, a community healthcare worker from Tsangalaweni, Kenya. With funds raised from our Hope Phones campaign, we were able to equip her with a solar charger to keep her cell phone powered, and better serve her patient community, but that’s not where the story ends.
Susan tells us:
“I use the solar charger to make some small money so I can register my patients. The neighbors come to me to charge their phones, and I keep all of the money. Last month, I paid for the school fees of my children. I was able to put 3 of my children back to school with the savings I made [KES 500 or around $6.00 USD]”.
This Earth Day, Hope Phones has launched a phone collection drive in partnership with Every Mother Counts. We’re asking our community to donate their used cell phones and host collection drives in their communities. For Susan, as well as the many women in need of basic maternal health care that she serves and others around the globe, it is critical for there to be a communications link. If we can recycle just 1 percent of disposed phones each year, we can outfit 1 million health workers with mobile technology, which in turn can improve the lives of 50 million people.
• 1 recycled cell phone can provide airtime on a SIM card to a mother in order to connect her with healthcare services, midwives or her local community healthcare worker.
• 2 recycled cell phones in the US can purchase a new basic feature cell phone for a community healthcare worker in the developing world
• 5 recycled cell phones can equip 1 community healthcare worker, like Susan, with a solar charger which will allow him/her to directly serve 500 patients in Kenya
• 10 recycled cell phones can be used to equip smart phones with devices that power cold chain monitoring and ensure access to safe vaccinations to patients.
What about 100 recycled cell phones? 1000 recycled phones? 1,000,000 recycled cell phones?
Will you join us?
Every connection counts, including you.
Written by Blair Palmer, Director, Special Projects, Medic Mobile, & Director, Hope Phones Campaign
Photo credits: Jonathan Mativo, Medic Mobile