Mobile partnership aims to tackle health in developing countries
iHeed, an Irish social institute, has partnered with video platform Mobento to produce educational videos to help tackle issues in developing countries
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Two companies are using technology as a means to provide educational videos to raise awareness of issues in developing countries.
iHeed, a social enterprise from Ireland has teamed up with video-learning platform Mobento to host original videos that will be made freely available to community workers, NGOs, governments and the general public.
The Mobento website will host the videos on its Global Health Channel - and the content will also be available to view on the company's Android app.
Issues highlighted in the videos will include common problems facing developing nations, such as water filtration and child mortality.
"Education is the key to addressing global health issues. By using new media and the unique technology Mobento provides, we will be able to provide searchable, digital content that is easily accessible," said Dr Kunal Patel, medical director of iHeed.
"This will aid the raising of health awareness but as importantly, help train health workers globally."
The Mobento video platform boasts a spoken-word search feature that lets viewers find the exact moment in a video where that word is spoken. According to iHeed, this was a key factor in the partnership and will allow users to navigate the hundreds of hours of footage.
The enterprise expects the videos to be particularly useful to aid workers in Africa . With 800m mobile phones expected to be in circulation on the continent by 2015, mobile video could be an effective way of delivering training.
The videos will be subdivided into courses and, through Mobento's analytics, will allow iHeed to monitor the progress of users watching the video courses in the field.
For more information on the project, head over to the iHeed Global Health video channel on Mobento.