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Saving Lives at Birth!

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Did you know that every day 800 women die in child birth? I was blown away when I first heard this. I thought to myself, I have to do something about this! I teach women and girls all over the world how to do their family planning with cycle beads. Last year I taught girls attending a highschool for pregnant teens about family planning using cycle bracelets, necklaces and free period tracker apps. Unfortunately to the disappointment of many of the pregnant girls the free period tracker app only worked for smart phones. I decided do some research to see if I could find period tracker apps for non smart phones. I was disappointed to learn that there are none. Hard to believe because today everyone has a cell phone, even the poor. Except the poor do not have smart phones. As such they miss out on a lot. Undeterred I started blogging techies all over the world in search of help. Very few responded but I reached out to one group called Instedd who offered to provide me with the backbone necessary for to write my own period tracker app. And guess what? The SMS version works even better than the smart phone version! My dream is to give impoverished girls in developing countries the opportunity to have a tech job by writing their own SMS period tracker apps so they can help the women and girls from their local communities do their family planning. Without family planning they miss out on so much; their youth, their education, their livelihood and their dreams.

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Melissa_Banigan's picture

Fantastic!

My twelve-year-old daughter and I were recently reading about cycle beads - what a GREAT idea to write your own period tracker app, and I love that you kept reaching out to different tech-heads until you found a group that would assist you. I hope you'll be posting more about future developments!!

Melissa Banigan
Founder / Editor, Advice to My Thirteen-Year-Old Self
Website: www.advicetomy13yearoldself.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/advicetomy13yearoldself

Tina Cornely's picture

Saving Lives at Birth

Thanks for your kind words Melissa! Well, I felt bad that poor women could not benefit from apps made only for smart phones. So the SMS period tracker app was my first attempt at coming up with low tech solutions for the poor. Now I want to take this one step further. Illiteracy is high in developing countries so I want to create viber style instructions and voice commands that can help illiterate men, women, kids & even people with disabilities use their SMS cell phones for a myriad of useful functions. Will keep you posted on my progress!

Tina Cornely

Mary S's picture

Hi Tina What a great

Hi Tina

What a great idea!

Just wondering if you saw the Al Jazeera series called Life Apps that was on a few months ago? It was a series of documentaries about mobile app developers in developing countries who were writing apps to solve local problems using (mostly low-tech) mobile phones. If the link works in the US, you should be able to watch at http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/life-apps/

Mary

Tina Cornely's picture

Al Jazeera

No, I did not read these articles from al Jazeera and look forward to doing so. Thank you so much for sharing this with me!

Warm regards & much respect, Tina.

Tina Cornely

Mary S's picture

Hi Tina You are welcome! By

Hi Tina

You are welcome!

By chance, I have just come across this post by Stella Paul http://worldpulse.com/node/82637 via the Magazine page. It is about people in India using SMS messages to report news from remote areas. You may find that she and some of the people who replied to her post who are creating/using SMS apps, would be good contacts for you.

Mary

Tina Cornely's picture

Thank you for the lead!

Much appreciated! Loving WorldPulse more each day!

Tina Cornely

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