Miracles of Mobiles in Rural Pakistan

Mobile connectivity has transformed the lives of billions. More than two-thirds of the global population is now connected to the mobile, making it one of the most far-reaching technologies worldwide. It is the primary and sometimes the only channel to access the internet and life-enhancing services, especially for the people living in rural areas. Though internet connectivity has paved its way in many economies, Pakistan, however, has been lagging behind when compared to the size of its economy. The rural areas of Pakistan are the most beautiful part of this country. However, the other side that is putting a shade on the beauty of these areas is the low literacy rate, poverty, lack of infrastructure and fewer opportunities; therefore, mobile technology is a ray of hope for the rural areas of Pakistan.Miracles of Mobiles in Rural Pakistan.

More than two-thirds of the global population is now connected to the mobile, making it one of the most far-reaching technologies worldwide

The role of mobile technology is eminent to reach budding entrepreneurs in rural communities. Although still in its nascent stages, more young people are becoming entrepreneurs and forming start-ups to take control of their future. The development community and the Government have shown their commitment by supporting entrepreneurs through projects dedicated to mentoring, incubating and funding start-ups.

However, a lot of these initiatives are targeted at urban youth. Keeping this in view, UNDP is trying to reach millions of youth that are illiterate, in rural and remote locations and deliver training to them on entrepreneurship as an employment option by designing a pilot experiment to provide training over mobile phones using voice messages in collaboration with Telenor.

UNDP is also working to develop design an app and online platform to deliver more content on entrepreneurship training for internet-connected young people in Pakistan.

Miracles of Mobiles in Rural Pakistan

Pakistan’s Health Sector is also transforming; Mobile Technology is the key reasons behind it. Mobile technology is making it possible to virtually connect patients to a doctor from anywhere at any time. Mobiles help the practitioners to access a patient’s EHR, review medical histories, send follow-up emails, and even complete prescriptions as well.

Mobile health apps give doctors, administrators, and patients greater flexibility with which they can generate better health awareness. There are a lot of Apps that are playing a vital role in the Health Sector of rural Pakistan, such as Mytabeeb.pk, Findmydoctor.pk, Ring MD, Pharmapedia Pakistan and Marham are some of the mobile Apps that help you book appointments, and consult with doctors online.

Mobile technology has also been an extremely transformative tool for rural agriculture. Mobile phones have allowed farmers to gain access to market prices before traveling long distances to markets. It has enabled to quickly transfer exact information about wholesale retails for crops, allowing farmers to be able to negotiate deals with traders and improve upon timing to get crops to the market. Other innovations include the use of mobiles to track livestock reproduction.

Mobile technology is making it possible to virtually connect patients to a doctor from anywhere at any time

These livestock related applications also help keep track of feed types, schedules, local veterinary contact information and precise market prices of cattle. For improving the agriculture sector of Pakistan, Agri Assistant Mobile App is launched in order to help Farmers. It is the first application of its kind in Pakistan to offer farm marking on a digitized map for real-time collection of soil samples. Interesting use of mobiles can be seen in Thar where camel owners used to put a bell around their animals’ necks so that in case it was lost, the owners could hear where the camel is in the desert.

Now the bells have disappeared, and the owner’s mobile number is now hung at the same place so that if someone finds it, he will be able to call the owner of the mobile number.

Mobile health apps give doctors, administrators, and patients greater flexibility with which they can generate better health awareness

The pen was once considered the mightiest thing however, now the ‘pen’ should be replaced with SMS, Tweet or meme. The foundation of these is internet connectivity and mobile phones. As in rural Pakistan, chaar divari is a dilemma that is set for women to keep them trapped inside the house. But with this situation, educated women are given the choice to continue their careers or raise a family. SO one can easily estimate miracles of mobile in rural Pakistan,

Mobile phones have allowed farmers to gain access to market prices before traveling long distances to markets

Many few are allowed to manage both. In such circumstances, Mehreen Kashif from Larkana operates a business of hand-embroidered apparel and bed linen without leaving her home. It has been four years since she launched her work-from-home enterprise through a Facebook page and then contacting clients through WhatsApp.

UNDP is trying to reach millions of youth that are illiterate, in rural and remote locations and deliver training to them on entrepreneurship as an employment option using voice messages with Telenor

Through reliable internet connections and affordable data packages now relatively isolated communities of the country can participate in the country’s small- and medium-sized business.

While connectivity options are plenty in the larger cities of the country, cellular operators have been successful in selling the modern amenity in smaller cities and towns as well as to lower-income groups.

With affordable talk-time packages, even basic cell phone users can stay in touch with employers, middlemen or families they leave behind for the sake of livelihood.

Through reliable internet connections and affordable data packages now relatively isolated communities of the country can participate in the country’s small- and medium-sized business

Mobile technology has helped provide schools, teachers, and parents access to meaningful data and tips to help students succeed. Consequently, the mobile phone has changed the way we think, we consume information, our habits, and our interactions, and even the relationships we build.

The mobile phone has changed the way we think, we consume information, our habits, and our interactions, and even the relationships we build

Mobile technology has given a voice to people from rural areas that were cut off from the world during cataclysmic events. That voice can reach out for help when local tragedy strikes, and for the first time, these people are not alone. They can share their plight using mobile communication through text, voice, and, most importantly, images, and bring about real change.

Mobile technology is enriching our lives. Besides its conventional role of connecting people to their loved ones, it is now also saving lives, creating opportunities, educating people, giving voice to the unheard and making healthcare possible for those otherwise without it.

Besides its conventional role of connecting people to their loved ones, it is now also saving lives, creating opportunities, educating people, giving voice to the unheard and making healthcare possible for those otherwise without it

It’s an exciting time to be watching mobile technology. There’s no telling how far we will go with the technology of the not-too-distant future, but it will be a fantastic ride.

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Fizza Atique

Fizza Atique is a Tech writer specializing in the intersection of tech and culture. She likes photography, VR, electronic music, coffee, and baking.

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