Airtel Tanzania, Tigo, Zantel and the Vodacom Foundation are the African operators that have taken the lead in the Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby Text Messaging Service (HPHB) (also known as the Wazazi Nipendi SMS Service) in Tanzania. Their bundled services served over 500,000 Tanzanian men and women, whom cumulatively received over 40 million informative safe motherhood messages and reminders, since its launch in 2012.
In many emerging markets like Zambia, agriculture accounts for the overwhelming majority of rural employment. Therefore providing farmers with timely and relevant information regarding production, market prices and agricultural finance among others will not only improve their income but also improve production and in the long run lower food prices for the populations.
That‘s why TTC, together with IICD and National Agriculture Information Services (NAIS), as part of the Connect4Change (C4C) consortium, has launched a SMS service to provide important information to farmers for example market prices, best practices for farming, and weather updates among others. This service, which is interactive, will also make it possible for farmers to give feedback on ongoing programs and ask questions to the NAIS and get quick response. This will go a long way in solving the problem of delayed feedback between the farmers and the Ministry of Agriculture.
When I first heard about TTC and its activities in mobile solutions for emerging markets, I couldn’t imagine its effectiveness and impact. And even after reading an article of the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) about the usage of mobile phones of people living in remote villages in Africa, I couldn’t believe that they are able to call or to receive text messages. I wondered; how on earth is it possible to have access to a mobile network while living in an area without even having clean drinking water? And above all, why would you even want to own a mobile phone when you’re not certain if you have enough money to buy food for dinner?
The month of March is regarded the month of women because of International Women’s Day, a holiday celebrated worldwide that honors women and women’s struggle all over the world. The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2015 is “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!” Over the years there has been a significant change in the attitude that society has towards women’s emancipation, a shift from the old beliefs in some cultures that women belong in the kitchen.