Senegal: Mobile Phone App Helps Diabetics During Ramadan in Senegal

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Senegal has become the first Francophone country to pilot a mobile phone platform, called mRamadan, which helps people with diabetes safely manage their health while fasting. Diabetics who are testing the new app say it has been quite helpful.

Diabetics in Senegal can now receive - for the first time - free, daily text messages with recommendations for fasting before, during and after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"mRamadan," is part of the Be He@lthy Be Mobile program, a joint initiative by the World Health Organization and the International Telecommunication Union that aims to help countries fight non-communicable diseases.

The goal of mRamadan is to help diabetic patients in Senegal safely manage their illness and reduce the number of emergency hospitalizations that normally peak during Ramadan.