In La Mosquitia, in the Honduran department of Gracias a Dios, a group of doctors has been implementing a series of health interventions that use technology to improve access to health for a population that is accessible only by air or water. MosquitiaMed works through educational programs in rural areas to promote solutions to simple health problems at the community level. The initiative has developed videos on health topics in the local indigenous language, making use of cell phone service to disseminate the content. It has also created a telemedicine app for mobile devices that allows people to consult various specialists based in Tegucigalpa, the country’s capital.
By the end of 2017 the initiative had reached some 2,800 children with its nutritional program; approximately 2,500 patients participated in health brigades in the area’s communities and towns; and more than 600 community leaders received training in health promotion. Some 350 people used the telemedicine app to consult physicians, resulting in 20 patients being transported outside the area for specialized medical care.