The George Institute’s lifesaving SMS program has been awarded $750,000 in this year’s Google Impact Challenge by a panel of judges including Lucy Turnbull, CSIRO chief executive Dr Larry Marshall, David Gonski and the worldwide head of Google.org, Jacquelline Fuller.
The simple but ingenious project to prevent chronic diseases such as heart attack, kidney disease, lung disease and diabetes via text messages won the judges' vote announced today at Google’s Australian headquarters in Sydney.
The funds will enable the TEXTCARE program by The George Institute for Global Health to reach 100,000 Australians with cardiovascular disease over the next year. The project will then be rolled out to countries such as China and India and expanded to cover all types of chronic diseases which affect 700 million people globally.
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