The Mobile Minute: Mobile Maternal Health Insurance, M-PESA in Users' Own Words, Environmental Mobile Sensing

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Aug 17, 2010

The Mobile Minute is back with a video explaining the M-PESA mobile money service, news about maternal health insurance via mobiles, an app that helps users determine if a hybrid or plug-in car will be useful to their lives, a report on why you might want to turn off the geo-tagging system on your mobile, and FailFaire in The New York Times. 

  • In Kenya, a maternal health insurance plan is gaining traction among users - and it's run entirely over mobile phones. Designed by Changamka MicrcoHealth Limited and piloted through the Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi, the system allows users to transfer money via M-PESA to a prepaid smart card; when pregnant women visit the hospital to give birth, the hospital fees are taken out of the card so they families aren't hit with a big fee all at once. 
  • Curious about how much information your mobile photos reveal? This piece on geotagged photos shows why it might be a good idea to turn off the automatic geotagging feature on your phone. 

[Mobile Minute Disclaimer: The Mobile Minute is a quick round-up of interesting stories that have come across our RSS and Twitter feeds to keep you informed of the rapid pace of innovation. Read them and enjoy them, but know that we have not deeply investigated these news items. For more in-depth information about the ever-growing field of mobile tech for social change, check out our blog posts, white papers and research, how-tos, and case studies.]

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