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By Tharum Bun | March 25, 2015

Work with InSTEDD to amplify your organization’s story of social impact! We have exciting news! InSTEDD […] Read more »

 

Epihack Tanzania 2014

By InSTEDD | January 19, 2015

Dec 14, 2014 by Santiago Palladino During this past week, Martín and I had the pleasure […] Read more »

 

Mobile Technology for Improved Family Planning

By InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia | December 3, 2013

MOTIF (MObile Technology for Improved Family Planning) is an innovative mobile phone-based intervention, providing personalised post-abortion family planning (PAFP) support for Marie Stopes International Cambodia (MSIC) clients. Providing women with contraceptive methods following abortion is important to reduce repeat abortion rates. 

The MOTIF project comprised the development, implementation and the evaluation of a mobile phone-based intervention using voice messages(Verboice)  to support post-abortion family planning.

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Mobile Technology for Improved Family Planning

By InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia | December 3, 2013

MOTIF (MObile Technology for Improved Family Planning) is an innovative mobile phone-based intervention, providing personalised post-abortion family planning (PAFP) support for Marie Stopes International Cambodia (MSIC) clients. Providing women with contraceptive methods following abortion is important to reduce repeat abortion rates. 

The MOTIF project comprised the development, implementation and the evaluation of a mobile phone-based intervention using voice messages(Verboice)  to support post-abortion family planning.

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Kamako Chhnoeum: Program Findings from September 1st to October 28th, 2013

By InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia | October 29, 2013

The International Labour Organisation’s Better Factories Cambodia program (BFC) launched Kamako Chhnoeum (Outstanding Worker) on September 1, 2013. The system is available for free to workers calling on two networks: Smart and Cellcard. Metfone will join the program soon.

The project uses an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system – Verboice to educate garment  and footwear workers on issues of importance to them. The format is a phone-in quiz where workers answer questions related to salary and allowances, occupational health and safety, and personal health. The caller chooses one topic on which they would like to be quizzed and is then asked a series of three questions.

See more at: http://betterfactories.org/?p=7374#sthash.GbVlwYtE.dpuf

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Kamako Chhnoeum: Program Findings from September 1st to October 28th, 2013

By InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia | October 29, 2013

The International Labour Organisation’s Better Factories Cambodia program (BFC) launched Kamako Chhnoeum (Outstanding Worker) on September 1, 2013. The system is available for free to workers calling on two networks: Smart and Cellcard. Metfone will join the program soon.

The project uses an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system – Verboice to educate garment  and footwear workers on issues of importance to them. The format is a phone-in quiz where workers answer questions related to salary and allowances, occupational health and safety, and personal health. The caller chooses one topic on which they would like to be quizzed and is then asked a series of three questions.

See more at: http://betterfactories.org/?p=7374#sthash.GbVlwYtE.dpuf

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The Wheel of Destiny Is Made Of Paper

By An Yon | August 27, 2013

Every week until 2010, Dr. Sophornnarith, director of the Kien Svay Operational District (OD), noticed irregularity of the weekly reports of some health centers in the district. The Health Center staff were not careless about completing and sending the reports, but they were expected to follow a process that created logistical problems.

For two years, the combination of Geochat and Reporting Wheel, two technologies developed by InSTEDD, has become the must-have solution for Health Centers to cope with reporting difficulties. And this approach has become a great deal, more reliable and understandable way to complete this critical reporting task. 

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The Wheel of Destiny Is Made Of Paper

By An Yon | August 27, 2013

Every week until 2010, Dr. Sophornnarith, director of the Kien Svay Operational District (OD), noticed irregularity of the weekly reports of some health centers in the district. The Health Center staff were not careless about completing and sending the reports, but they were expected to follow a process that created logistical problems.

For two years, the combination of Geochat and Reporting Wheel, two technologies developed by InSTEDD, has become the must-have solution for Health Centers to cope with reporting difficulties. And this approach has become a great deal, more reliable and understandable way to complete this critical reporting task. 

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INTERN AT THE iLAB SOUTHEAST ASIA: A personal experience by Ariane COMBAL-WEISS

By An Yon | August 13, 2013

Ariane Combal-Weiss, student, spent twelve days working in the communication department at InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia in Phnom Penh. Here is what she thinks of her internship.

Before this internship, I have never been fortunate enough to experience the world of work. The knowledge I could retrieve from high school and university has always seemed very theoretical to me, even though it interested and inspired me. Academic knowledge is useful as long as you know what you want to do with it. What I needed was to develop a practical application of my academic knowledge.
I have learned a lot on myself from the internship in the communication services at InSTEDD. I’ve realized that I felt truly interested and involved in the journalist’s assignments, such as looking for information required for articles, as well as writing articles. Understanding complex systems like Data Integration took some time, but I really enjoyed investigating them.

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INTERN AT THE iLAB SOUTHEAST ASIA: A personal experience by Ariane COMBAL-WEISS

By An Yon | August 13, 2013

Ariane Combal-Weiss, student, spent twelve days working in the communication department at InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia in Phnom Penh. Here is what she thinks of her internship.

Before this internship, I have never been fortunate enough to experience the world of work. The knowledge I could retrieve from high school and university has always seemed very theoretical to me, even though it interested and inspired me. Academic knowledge is useful as long as you know what you want to do with it. What I needed was to develop a practical application of my academic knowledge.
I have learned a lot on myself from the internship in the communication services at InSTEDD. I’ve realized that I felt truly interested and involved in the journalist’s assignments, such as looking for information required for articles, as well as writing articles. Understanding complex systems like Data Integration took some time, but I really enjoyed investigating them.

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An SMS To Contain Tuberculosis

By An Yon | August 12, 2013

BY: Ariane Combal-Weiss  :

To answer the request of Family Health International (FHI) to promote earlier tuberculosis case detection, iLab Southeast Asia (iLab SEA), located in Phnom Penh, is designing a step by step TB Lab Result Alert System. It aims to offer early detection of tuberculosis in rural and remote villages in Kampong Cham province and to accelerate patient  access to care. Leveraging mobile technology (SMS), this system is involved in the containment of tuberculosis.


A common scenario: the average man in the street in a rural village in Kampong Cham contracts tuberculosis. He is not aware he has the disease but describes having some symptoms. The village Health Center (“HC”) doesn’t have the facilities to make a diagnosis based on medical analysis, and therefore turns to a specialized laboratory at the downtown district.

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An SMS To Contain Tuberculosis

By An Yon | August 12, 2013

BY: Ariane Combal-Weiss  :

To answer the request of Family Health International (FHI) to promote earlier tuberculosis case detection, iLab Southeast Asia (iLab SEA), located in Phnom Penh, is designing a step by step TB Lab Result Alert System. It aims to offer early detection of tuberculosis in rural and remote villages in Kampong Cham province and to accelerate patient  access to care. Leveraging mobile technology (SMS), this system is involved in the containment of tuberculosis.


A common scenario: the average man in the street in a rural village in Kampong Cham contracts tuberculosis. He is not aware he has the disease but describes having some symptoms. The village Health Center (“HC”) doesn’t have the facilities to make a diagnosis based on medical analysis, and therefore turns to a specialized laboratory at the downtown district.

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Marie Stopes International + Verboice: Will Mobile Phones Improve Contraceptive Use in Cambodia?

By InSTEDD | July 2, 2013

Using Verboice, Marie Stopes International Cambodia is piloting a project called Mobile Technology for Improved Family Planning services. MOTIF is a pilot project focused on developing, testing and evaluating a mobile phone-based intervention to support the use of post-abortion contraception. The goal of the project is to answer the question: does a post-abortion family planning (PAFP) mobile phone-based intervention increase use of contraception in Cambodia? Read more »

 

Interactive Voice Response System Empowering Cambodians

By InSTEDD | June 26, 2013

Through funding from the SPIDER network, InSTEDD’s iLab Southeast Asia began the project to assist the Women’s Media Centre (WMC), Open Institute (OI) and other partners in Cambodia in implementing a series of mobile-based information lines, scheduling advice systems and question boxes for women and children that complement and extend the reach of their current mass media projects. Read more »

 

iLab Latin America + UNICEF Map Social Risks in Haiti

By InSTEDD | April 24, 2013

Building on the success of the digital mapping project in Brazil, our iLab Latin America applied the same concept to problem solving in Haiti. While our work in Brazil revolved around the surveying of potential social and environmental dangers, the work in Haiti focused on detecting risk factors associated with HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual and reproductive health, and gender violence. Read more »

 

Verboice in Cambodia: Using the Power of Voice for Social Impact

By InSTEDD | April 16, 2013

Voice is the most universal and inclusive means of communication, and it’s an ideal way to expand the reach and impact of health and humanitarian technologies. In September 2012, with funding from Spider (The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions), the InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia introduced and extended Verboice, an open-source tool which specializes in using interactive voice response (IVR) to support health, safety and sustainable development work. Verboice projects can start small and scale up, making it possible to improve lives even in communities previously closed off by literacy and technological barriers. Read more »

 

TB Technology in Kenya in 3 Steps

By Caricia Catalani | March 19, 2013

InSTEDD and its partners at Kijani, Population Council, and AMPATH-Kenya are working to design, develop, implement, and evaluate information and communication technologies to improve TB care among people living with HIV. As an initial phase of this project, our team is focused on a TB care reminder system. This reminder system uses information from patient electronic medical records (OpenMRS) to give medical providers the right reminders at the right time about what they can do during each patient visit to improve TB diagnosis and prevention among their patients. Read more »

 

Barcamp Yangon 2013: A Personal Experience

By An Yon | February 26, 2013


Last month, my colleague at the iLab Southeast Asia and I were fortunate enough to attend BarCamp Yangon.  This was my second time participating in the event focused on spreading ICT knowledge throughout the country.  As part of the international network of BarCamp conferences, or rather “unconferences” as organizers refer to it, people from a variety of different backgrounds and geographies come together to create user-generated sessions focused primarily on technology and the web.

While Myanmar is not well known for their technological capacity, they are still responsible for putting on the largest BarCamp events in history. People come from all over the world to participate and I was happy to see lots of international participants (much more than when I was last here in 2011) as well as participants from high tech companies like Google and Firefox.  Having such a diverse community allowed me to connect with local Burmese startups as well as both local and international developers and BarCampers.

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Barcamp Yangon 2013: A Personal Experience

By An Yon | February 26, 2013


Last month, my colleague at the iLab Southeast Asia and I were fortunate enough to attend BarCamp Yangon.  This was my second time participating in the event focused on spreading ICT knowledge throughout the country.  As part of the international network of BarCamp conferences, or rather “unconferences” as organizers refer to it, people from a variety of different backgrounds and geographies come together to create user-generated sessions focused primarily on technology and the web.

While Myanmar is not well known for their technological capacity, they are still responsible for putting on the largest BarCamp events in history. People come from all over the world to participate and I was happy to see lots of international participants (much more than when I was last here in 2011) as well as participants from high tech companies like Google and Firefox.  Having such a diverse community allowed me to connect with local Burmese startups as well as both local and international developers and BarCampers.

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Using Verboice with Skype

By Nicolás di Tada | February 12, 2013

A month ago I posted a few tutorials on how to get started with Verboice, our tool to create voice applications (IVR).The easiest way to test and play with your call flows is to use what we call a “Skype Channel”. This will give Verboice a regular… Read more »

 

Using Verboice with Skype

By Nicolás di Tada | February 12, 2013

A month ago I posted a few tutorials on how to get started with Verboice, our tool to create voice applications (IVR).The easiest way to test and play with your call flows is to use what we call a “Skype Channel”. This will give Verboice a regular… Read more »

 

Using Verboice with Skype

By Nicolás di Tada | February 12, 2013

A month ago I posted a few tutorials on how to get started with Verboice, our tool to create voice applications (IVR).The easiest way to test and play with your call flows is to use what we call a “Skype Channel”. This will give Verboice a regular… Read more »

 

Using Verboice with Skype

By Nicolás di Tada | February 12, 2013

A month ago I posted a few tutorials on how to get started with Verboice, our tool to create voice applications (IVR).The easiest way to test and play with your call flows is to use what we call a “Skype Channel”. This will give Verboice a regular… Read more »

 

Using Verboice with Skype

By Nicolás di Tada | February 12, 2013

A month ago I posted a few tutorials on how to get started with Verboice, our tool to create voice applications (IVR).The easiest way to test and play with your call flows is to use what we call a “Skype Channel”. This will give Verboice a regular… Read more »

 

Using Verboice with Skype

By Nicolás di Tada | February 12, 2013

A month ago I posted a few tutorials on how to get started with Verboice, our tool to create voice applications (IVR).The easiest way to test and play with your call flows is to use what we call a “Skype Channel”. This will give Verboice a regular… Read more »

 

Help Shape our Internship Program

By InSTEDD | January 29, 2013

As with all of our activities, we begin with an open mind and proceed with an agile and human centered design process. We believe the most effective programs and technologies are flexible and iterative and are built on joint participation of the communities they are meant to serve. Whether we’re building tools or creating an internship program, our experience has taught us there there is not a one-size-fits-all model for success. Read more »

 

Verboice Tutorials – Part 1

By Nicolás di Tada | January 18, 2013

For the last two years we have been working hard on a new tool called Verboice to simplify the creation of voice-enabled applications.Verboice is a free and open-source tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and run projects that interact via voi… Read more »

 

Verboice Tutorials – Part 1

By Nicolás di Tada | January 18, 2013

For the last two years we have been working hard on a new tool called Verboice to simplify the creation of voice-enabled applications.Verboice is a free and open-source tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and run projects that interact via voi… Read more »

 

Verboice Tutorials – Part 1

By Nicolás di Tada | January 18, 2013

For the last two years we have been working hard on a new tool called Verboice to simplify the creation of voice-enabled applications.Verboice is a free and open-source tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and run projects that interact via voi… Read more »

 

Verboice Tutorials – Part 1

By Nicolás di Tada | January 18, 2013

For the last two years we have been working hard on a new tool called Verboice to simplify the creation of voice-enabled applications.Verboice is a free and open-source tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and run projects that interact via voi… Read more »

 

Verboice Tutorials – Part 1

By Nicolás di Tada | January 18, 2013

For the last two years we have been working hard on a new tool called Verboice to simplify the creation of voice-enabled applications.Verboice is a free and open-source tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and run projects that interact via voi… Read more »

 

Verboice Tutorials – Part 1

By Nicolás di Tada | January 18, 2013

For the last two years we have been working hard on a new tool called Verboice to simplify the creation of voice-enabled applications.

Verboice is a free and open-source tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and run projects that interact via v… Read more »

 

The Art of Creating Useful & Usable Tools: Resource Map UX Testing

By Brooke | January 8, 2013

post written by iLab Southeast Asia Software Developer,  Kengsreng Tang

InSTEDD has an entire platform of free and open source technologies that help people quickly share valuable information around health, safety and development issues. Resource Map is one of the tools that we’ve developed that works either through the web or through SMS.

Resource Map is an application that allows users to geographically map their resources so that they are always aware of what they have currently and what they need more of.  Users can update, query, receive alerts from the system and more simply by sending an SMS or updating the website online.  



Click to go to the Resource Map Website: http://resourcemap.instedd.org/

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The Art of Creating Useful & Usable Tools: Resource Map UX Testing

By Brooke | January 7, 2013

post written by iLab Southeast Asia Software Developer,  Kengsreng Tang

InSTEDD has an entire platform of free and open source technologies that help people quickly share valuable information around health, safety and development issues. Resource Map is one of the tools that we’ve developed that works either through the web or through SMS.

Resource Map is an application that allows users to geographically map their resources so that they are always aware of what they have currently and what they need more of.  Users can update, query, receive alerts from the system and more simply by sending an SMS or updating the website online.  



Click to go to the Resource Map Website: http://resourcemap.instedd.org/

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2012: A Year in Review

By InSTEDD | January 2, 2013

In the wake of the New Year, we took some time to look back on the dynamic journey we took in 2012. Our activities were characterized by contributions to key global health efforts, engagement in several new projects and the development of important strategic partnerships. Our iLab Southeast Asia and iLab Latin America continued to develop their teams and capabilities as a regional leader for collaborative problem solving. We are delighted to share some of our remarkable achievements of 2012. Read more »

 

InSTEDD Tools Save the World from the Zombie Apocalypse!

By InSTEDD | December 19, 2012

Working in the world of public health exposes us to a number of potentially life threatening scenarios. InSTEDD’s tools are designed to work in high stakes environments where people need to quickly share information, coordinate resources, and align their efforts towards the common goal of ensuring the public’s health and safety. In an effort to create a fun and interactive environment for people to learn how our tools work and how significantly they can improve communications, we teamed up with UC Berkeley to create a public health simulation – using Zombies! Read more »

 

Saving Lives At Birth with Baby Monitor: An interview with Eric Green

By InSTEDD | December 11, 2012

In October of 2011, InSTEDD has been working on Baby Monitor, which is a collaborative project focused on improved prenatal and postpartum screening for mothers and infants in resource-poor environments. Baby Monitor is a tool we created using our interactive voice response technology application, Verboice, in order to bring clinical screening directly to women in the critical period before and after birth to detect complications and take action.

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of sitting down with Eric Green, the man who led the Baby Monitor project. Eric eloquently explained how the project began, how it works, what value is being created and what social impact we are striving to achieve. Read more »

 

Mobile Technology & Community Health Workers: A Game Changer for Global Health? (Part 2)

By Dennis Israelski | December 4, 2012

In a previous post, we explored the potential for linking rural communities to formal health systems by increasing the effectiveness of community health workers (CHWs) through the use of mobile communication technologies. In this post, we will describe some of the open source tools developed by InSTEDD to fill communication gaps encountered commonly in the field. Read more »

 

Mobile Technology & Community Health Workers: A Game Changer for Global Health? (Part 1)

By Dennis Israelski | November 13, 2012

A good health system delivers quality services to all people, when and where they need them. The exact configuration of services varies from country to country, but in all cases requires a robust financing mechanism; a well-trained and adequately paid workforce; reliable information on which to base decisions and policies; well maintained facilities and logistics to deliver quality medicines and technologies. Read more »

 

Real Time Collaboration with Resource Map for Android

By Yon An | November 6, 2012


According to the World Bank, around  75% of the world’s population has access to a mobile phone. As you can see from the image below, this number is significantly increasing over time, especially in developing world countries, such as Cambodia.


At InSTEDD, we see the advancement of the mobile phone as a growing opportunity to improve information sharing and collaboration to improve health, safety and sustainable development.  One of the ways we’ve taken advantage of this opportunity is through our open source Resource Map tool.

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Real Time Collaboration with Resource Map for Android

By Yon An | November 6, 2012


According to the World Bank, around  75% of the world’s population has access to a mobile phone. As you can see from the image below, this number is significantly increasing over time, especially in developing world countries, such as Cambodia.


At InSTEDD, we see the advancement of the mobile phone as a growing opportunity to improve information sharing and collaboration to improve health, safety and sustainable development.  One of the ways we’ve taken advantage of this opportunity is through our open source Resource Map tool.

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Giving Women a Voice in their Health: Baby Monitor needs your vote!

By InSTEDD | October 25, 2012

We are proud that the Baby Monitor project from the iLab Latin America has been selected as a finalist for be one of the finalist for the “She Will Innovate Technology Solutions Enriching the Lives of Girls” challenge! In order for us to win we need your vote so that we can win the $10,000 prize! Read more »

 

Disease Surveillance in a Mobile and Digital World

By Scott Teesdale | October 23, 2012

We are passionate about using data to surface meaningful insights and improve health outcomes at the community level. Data from disparate systems can be used in an interoperable and interactive way to empower health workers and increase our understanding of local, regional and global disease dynamics. Read more »

 

Kyla Reid Interview: The Life Saving Potential of Mobile Networks

By InSTEDD Administrator | October 16, 2012

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The Best Way to Learn is to Teach

By An Yon | October 8, 2012

Thor, the character in an American movie of the same name, is a superhero who carries a hammer that holds the incredible power of thunder.  This was the only understanding I had of “Thor”.
Recently, while working on Resource Map,  I encountered another type of Thor.  This time it was not a person, but a software code library. The idea of learning a new type of code was appealing to me and I was interested in learning more about it and experimenting.  Yet as time went by, I was never able to find the time to properly start, not even on the weekends.  From week to week, it always seem to be at the bottom of my to-do list.

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The Best Way to Learn is to Teach

By An Yon | October 8, 2012

Thor, the character in an American movie of the same name, is a superhero who carries a hammer that holds the incredible power of thunder.  This was the only understanding I had of “Thor”.
Recently, while working on Resource Map,  I encountered another type of Thor.  This time it was not a person, but a software code library. The idea of learning a new type of code was appealing to me and I was interested in learning more about it and experimenting.  Yet as time went by, I was never able to find the time to properly start, not even on the weekends.  From week to week, it always seem to be at the bottom of my to-do list.

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BarCamp Phnom Penh: Unconference 2012

By InSTEDD | September 28, 2012

There is no shortage of conferences focusing on technology, design and innovative thinking.  It seems that […] Read more »

 

Working at the iLab Southeast Asia: A personal experience

By An Yon | September 14, 2012

I first learned about InSTEDD around end of 2008 when I was working with a social enterprise in Cambodia called Digital Divide Data.  InSTEDD’s CTO, Eduardo Jezierski along with a consultant from the Argentina based Clarius Consulting company, named… Read more »

 

Stories from the Field: Malaria Project in Laos

By An Yon | September 14, 2012

MALARIA IN LAOS 
Lao PDR is a country with a population of around 6 million people.  Most of these people live in hilly terrain and dense forests which makes them particularly vulnerable to Malaria carrying mosquitoes.  It is estimated that more than half of the population is at risk for contracting the disease.

image: WHO World Malaria Report 2011 – http://www.who.int/malaria/publications/country-profiles/profile_lao_en.pdf

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WORKING AT THE iLAB SOUTHEAST ASIA: A personal experience by Channe Suy

By An Yon | September 13, 2012

I first learned about InSTEDD around end of 2008 when I was working with a social enterprise in Cambodia called Digital Divide Data.  InSTEDD’s CTO, Eduardo Jezierski along with a consultant from the Argentina based Clarius Consulting company, named Daniel, visited DDD in search for potential candidates to subcontracted with. At that time InSTEDD had not planned to set up their own office in Cambodia. They just thought of working in Cambodia for a short while to support the Ministry of Health as part of Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Network (MBDS) program.

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