The Tech Awards 2009 Nokia Health Award mPedigree Network

2009 Health Award Laureate
mPedigree Network
Laureate Country: Ghana
Project Countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda

mPedigree’s technology allows anyone in the world to check the validity of their drugs before use with a simple, free text message.

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The World Health Organization estimates up to 30% of pharmaceutical drugs sold in developing countries are counterfeits having little or no pharmacologically active ingredient.

mPedigree has developed a system for legitimate drug manufacturers to label their packages with a code covered by a scratch-off label. During production the manufacturer deposits the codes into a database maintained by mPedigree. The end user scratches off the label and texts the code to a widely advertised number. The server responds, via text, confirming that the product is legitimate. This system removes a major obstacle to effective health care for billions of the world’s poor.

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