Cell Phones Help Bring Basic Sanitation to Africa

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxJ3PBeOZ5Q&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xd0d0d0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1] It is predicted that by 2015, 2.7 billion people will lack access to sanitation---this is an especially disheartening figure if you consider that, today, more people have access to mobile phones than toilets. Optimistically, however, a number of innovators around the world are attempting to use this new found access to technology to address the growing sanitation crisis. One such organization, Nuru International, is using google platforms and nokia phones to increase sanitation and access in Kuria, Kenya.

By registering a Kenyan web domain name and creating and using google apps and GPRS-enabled handsets, Nuru International has created easy and reliable channels for information flow between the organization's staff members and the farmers with whom they are working. The phones are used for data-collection to document sanitation sites within the city. Moreover, team members use the camera phone to take photos, creating a comprehensive visual backlog to each sites activities and evolution.

Watch the video above to learn how this cheap technology is helping Nuru improve upon its own best practices.