Swine Flu is a concern to Question Box users in both India and Uganda. Today in Loni, India, we got our first swine flu question, asking about its symptoms. There has been a major outbreak of swine flu in Pune/Mumbai, and Pune has been proclaimed an epidemic affected region. Schools/colleges/public gatherings have been closed till 17 August
CKW Paul Nkoola in the field
Recently in Uganda, we saved a young man's livelihood. Grameen Foundation reports:
Impact from AppLab Question Box
Cost saving realized through improved decision making
CKW: Paul Nkoola
Anecdote: A young man in Paul’s village saved all his earnings to invest in piglets. When people learned about the spread of swine flu, they advised him to kill his pigs. He was extremely concerned and did not want to kill them but did not know what he should do. He knew that Paul was offering a service that allowed farmers to ask any question to an expert hotline and asked Paul for advice. Paul called AppLab Question Box and learned that swine flu is not spread through pigs and that the disease had not been detected in Uganda. The young man was relieved and continued rearing his pigs. By increasing his knowledge, the client averted a mistake that would have severely damaged his future prospects.