Ramadan app: Tech meets tradition

2014-07-20 15:00

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The west African country of Senegal is piloting a new free mobile app that helps diabetics manage their health before, during and after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Called mRamadan, it was created in a joint effort by the World Health Organisation and the International Telecommunication Union as part of the Be Healthy, Be Mobile initiative.

mRamadan aims to help fasting diabetics by sending free, daily text messages with health recommendations and advice.

While Islam exempts anyone too young, old, pregnant, or not in good health from fasting, many diabetics observe the fast.

As a result, the app is geared towards reducing diabetic health complications like hypoglycaemia and dehydration during the fasting period.

It provides advice such as amounts of ­hydration required before fasting, how to adjust the timing and dosage of diabetes medication, and reducing the intake of sugary foods.

Diabetics who are testing the new app say it has been quite helpful.

Once Ramadan is over, the app continues to encourage participants to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle and check with a doctor to ensure their diabetes is under control.

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