Texting For Women's Health

   By drodriguez  Sep 12, 2010

Johnson & Johnson is delivering some good news to women and children all over the world as it gets ready to launch an aid program that will fund drugs and research for new HIV and Tuberculosis medications.  The program being launched is Johnson & Johnson’s response to the United Nations call to meet goals of lowering premature deaths of women and children by the year 2015.  

A recent report from Reuters highlights the ways in which Johnson & Johnson has pledged to make a difference in the lives of women and children in developing nations around the world.  One way J&J plans to do this is by reaching women via their cell phones.  According to the article there are 1 billion women in low to moderate-income countries who own mobile phones.  J&J will send free text messages to women in China, India, Mexico, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and South Africa about improving their prenatal health.  The texts messages will also be sent to remind women about doctor appointments.

J&J also plans to donate 200 million doses of a drug that fights intestinal worms in children as well as educate the children on how to prevent contracting the intestinal worms in the future.  The drug company will also fund research for new HIV and TB medicines and educate HIV positive women on how to prevent passing the disease to their children.

What do you think of the pledge Johnson & Johnson has made to helping women and children in developing nations?

Do you think sending women text messages about prenatal health will help?

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anamika by anamika | MONMOUTH JCT, NJ
Sep 17, 2010

J & J giving back is great news.... mobile users are greatly in number in some of the countries mentioned...but it would mostly reach the audience who are aware..... educating people who are unaware of these issues in person would have better impact.

worldssweetest by worldssweetest | CORYDON, IN
Sep 14, 2010

J & J, what a wonderful thing you are offering / pledging. I am so happy to hear this news as to many young mothers, and babies are losing their fights with these diseases. This is GREAT!!!!

msfriendly by msfriendly | MONROE, WI
Sep 13, 2010

This is great of J & J to be concerned and to give back; I'm not sure about the texting thing though.

Von411 by Von411 | El paso, TX
Sep 13, 2010

Wow this is pretty brave of J and J. Texts.. Not to sure since there is such a big focus on Text and driving.....