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Engineers Enter Fight Against AIDS in Africa

Tuesday Apr 10, 2012
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Communications engineers who have adapted office printers and cell phone technology to relay results of babies’ AIDS tests immediately say they’re pleased to be helping to save lives.

Britain’s Sequoia Technology Group and Telit Wireless said Tuesday the printers are being rolled out elsewhere in Africa, after initial success in Mozambique.

Phillip Collins of Telit says his company’s technology is more often used for monitoring electricity meters than saving lives. He says the printer project, which the companies took on at the request of the Clinton Foundation, is "really rewarding."

Mary Pat Kieffer, a Mozambique-based AID expert, says that in the past, it took so long for results to be delivered by couriers on terrible roads that babies in remote villages were dying before doctors could start treatment.

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