- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $25 million grant to a research project that will train women in Africa and Asia to use smartphones to gather data on family planning needs.

The Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 project will help collect information in nine countries on smartphones, which will help generate data more quickly.

Selamawit Desta, program officer with the project, tells The Daily Record (http://bit.ly/20IlVez ) that the data can be uploaded to the cloud.

Besides collecting data about the reproductive health and family planning needs of women, the program recruits and trains women to conduct the surveys, Desta said.

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Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore, http://www.thedailyrecord.com

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