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Mobile Phones to the Rescue for Pregnant Women

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Pumwani Maternity Hospital, in the impoverished Nairobi neighbourhood of Eastlands, is the site of a trial project using mobile phones to help HIV positive mothers avoid passing the virus on to their children.

Juliet Wangari Njuguna is a research nurse with Kenya AIDS Control Project. She works at the Pumwani clinic to assist HIV-positive mothers.

"We help with the enrolment, and as the patients are coming in they are sifted. We talk to the ones who happen to be HIV positive, and we find out how long they have known their status and if they have disclosed it to anyone." They also find out if the women have a mobile phone.

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