World Briefing: Sep 22, 2003

HEALTH TECH Lab in a Box

NetImpact, a California-based health-care company, is applying technology to improve health-care delivery and disease control in Mali, one of the poorest nations in Africa. Earlier this year OnQ Africa B.V., a for-profit company in the Netherlands that invests private and public money in subSaharan health, telecom and education, awarded NetImpact a $125 million contract to install MDS 200, a portable disease-detection device, and NetCare 7.0, a software package that stores and analyzes medical data. MDS 200, which can run on battery or solar power in areas without electricity, instantly screens for viruses like HIV and...

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