Saturday, November 07, 2015

25 years, 36,000 post cards

(via Madhukar Shukla) "As a teenager, a poor villager in Andhra Pradesh wanted to join the postal service. With no money for higher education, a job with the government agency could have made his life secure.

But a relative supported him financially and sent him to medical school. That changed the life of Araveeti Ramayogaiah, who went on to become a pediatrician. Decades later, his day-to-day practice became inseparable from the postal service.

For almost 25 years, Ramayogaiah wrote and sent postcards to India’s poor, especially women, telling them about ways to prevent – rather than cure – diseases. The good doctor died in Hyderabad in September this year at the age of 65. The inexpensive postcard was Ramayogaiah’s solution to private hospitals, which are typically inaccessible and unaffordable for many of India’s poor." from 25 years, 36,000 post cards: How one doctor's gesture helped India's rural poor to stay healthy
Meanwhile from a new venture of  J. Craig Venter "You will get a custom-made iPad app to navigate data about yourself. Also, your wallet will be at least $25,000 lighter."

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