More than 60% of the world's mobile phones belong to users in developing countries, a development that health care professionals recognize as a unique opportunity to transform health care in regions such as Africa. Last month, the UN Foundation -- in partnership with Vodafone and the Rockefeller Foundation -- debuted the mHealth Alliance, a confederacy that seeks to use mobile technology to transform the delivery of health care throughout the developing world, where civic and technological infrastructure associated with health care in the developed world is often lacking.

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