As Toronto’s Planned Parenthood launches first personalized sexual health texting service for teens which allows them to anonymously text their sexual health questions to peer volunteers where they can get reliable answers on relationships, birth control, stds, puberty and other sexual health topics.  This local program makes me think about the articles in the WHO bulletin on the ways in which mobile phones are being used to improve health informational access throughout Africa. 

Although phone ownership is not guaranteed among youths throughout Africa, similar programs such as John Dusabe are emerging. Dusabe from Liverpool School of Tropical Health Medicine has developed a SMS system that allows village drug stores in the Mwanza region of Tanzania to text local health centers and dispensaries when young people come in seeking help. This aids in improved information access as the majority of those who own drugs stores do not have a medical background. Text messages are more efficient than waiting for paperwork to come through from knowledgeable sources.

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