Brian Levine, Class of 2009
Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellow
New York University
Hello fellow Alumni of the Academy of Achievement!
It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly 3 years since we last met. So much has gone on, I don’t even know where to begin!
Since we were last at the Summit, I have graduated from New York Unviersity School of Medicine and the inaugural class of the highly selective Catherine B. Reynolds Graduate Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship. During my Fellowship at NYU, and still now, I serve as the Chief Medical Officer of AfricaAid where I co-founded the Mobile Doctors Network or MDNet—an innovative program that creates free mobile phone networks for all physicians and health administrators within African nations.
This healthcare initiative—the first of its kind—not only allows all physicians within each national network to communicate for free, it also gives each physician access to a countrywide directory of physicians and the ability to manage bulk SMS messaging free of charge. MDNet Ghana, now supported by Vodafone, has a 95% doctor participation rate with over 1,900 physicians linked in its free communication network, while MDNet Liberia, supported by MTN, has a 100% doctor participation rate with more than 140 physicians on the network.
Since the program’s inception in January 2008, Ghanaian doctors have logged more than a million calls, averaging a total of 2,300 hours of medical discussion per month. I’m hoping to expand this program from Ghana and Liberia to Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda by the end of 2011.
This project as been an eye-opening experience and has given me the opportunity to speak to diverse audiences about the importance of the allocation and development of healthcare communication. This project has been featured on MobileActive.org, Voice of America News, PRI’s The World (a co-production of WGBH/Boston, PRI, and the BBC World Service) and, Microsoft Health and Well-Being.
I am completely committed to bringing empowering healthcare technologies to developing nations. Please let me know if you have any interest, as we’re always looking for help!
Best wishes and looking forward to hearing about all the other exciting projects being done by this amazing cohort of world scholars and leaders!
Brian A. Levine, M.D. M.S.