Dani Limos is a Marketing and Communications Intern at Grameen Foundation's Seattle office.
The dairy cow needed more calcium.
When Gonzaga Kawuma’s cow collapsed and could not stand up, Gonzaga was away from his farm. His wife called him on his smartphone with the disheartening news. Without seeing the cow in person, without conducting expensive tests, without being an expert in agriculture, Gonzaga was able to conclude that the cow needed more calcium.
Why was this cow having trouble standing up? Gonzaga relied on his smartphone to diagnose its illness.
This cow’s fall could have been caused by a number of ailments – muscle fatigue, arthritis, foot rot – but a shortage of calcium in a cow that produces milk? How could Gonzaga ever come up with such a diagnosis?