The Dutch government, the business sector, aid organizations and research centers are joining forces for one common mission: the innovation of humanitarian aid. On Thursday, March 24th, Liliane Ploumen, minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, launched the Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation (DCHI). The goal of the coalition is to start innovative collaborations to improve the effect of humanitarian aid and decrease costs. TTC Mobile, expert in innovative mobile technology, has been involved at an early stage after the idea sprang to the mind of the Dutch government and partners such as the Netherlands Red Cross, DSM and the Philips Foundation.
In February 2016, the World Bank and the Ministry of Agriculture of Mozambique have launched the PROIRRI Financial Literacy Training. Part of the training is the SMS-based accountancy system that is in hands of TTC Mobile and will start in April. For an entire year, the accountancy system will benefit the treasurers of 63 farmer associations in different regions of Mozambique.
We need your help! The Tobacco Control Campaign in Uganda has been nominated for the Uganda Social Media Awards of 2016. The campaign, that is carried out by TTC Mobile, can win the award for Best Social Good Campaign and you can support us by voting! Make sure that the hugely successful Tobacco Control Campaign in Uganda receives the recognition it deserves and VOTE here! (Update: Voting is no longer possible)
The Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby SMS Service of the mHealth Tanzania Partnership has again been nominated for a prestigious Global Mobile (GLOMO) Award. The GLOMO Awards are handed out at the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, the biggest mobile event of the world. This time the SMS Service has been nominated for best mobile innovation for emerging markets in the Category of Social and Economic Development.
Happy birthday to us, as we are celebrating TTC Mobile’s 8th birthday on February 14, 2016! In 2008, the explosive growth of mobile technology in Africa was explored by the founders of TTC Mobile. In 2016, 8 years later, mobile technology is a key player in the hard-to-reach areas of the continent of Africa, as well as in Asia and Latin America. What will the mobile technology world look like after the upcoming 8 years? Bas Hoefman, CEO and co-founder, shares his predictions with us.
There is more and more evidence that mobile health (mHealth) interventions can improve health behaviors and are especially important in low-resource, low-access settings. But a great challenge remains in developing financially sustainable programs that can be set up and be continued without being fully dependent from funding. In this recent study, different strategies and cost-coverage models have been investigated to answer the question: How can mHealth initiatives achieve long-term financial sustainability? The test case of the study was the successful Mobile For Reproductive Health program (M4RH) in Tanzania. TTC Mobile is key technology partner of the M4RH program and co-authored this study, that was published by scientific journal Plos One.
February 4 is World Cancer Day. This year’s theme is “We can, I can”. What can be done by our society, by our government and by the world to prevent cancer? And most importantly: what can be done by individuals? Tobacco is globally seen as the single largest preventable cause of cancer. Many countries around the world have realized that tobacco control is an important step in protecting public health and have come up with laws to regulate tobacco use in public spaces, for example Australia, Germany, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and most recently Uganda.
A smart and sustainable way of using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can change the lives of millions for the better and can be an important tool in fighting poverty. With this in mind, the Connect4Change Consortium (C4C) joined forces in the last 5 years to accelerate economic development and quality of education and healthcare in Africa and Latin America. TTC Mobile is proud to have been a partner of the program that ended in 2015.
“Apps with videos on safe childbirths, apps that offer help in case of aids or malaria: health apps are becoming tremendously popular in developing countries. Are they useful?” On January 12, 2016, Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant published an interesting article by Kaya Bouma about the growth of mobile health in the poorest regions of the world.
Lucinda is the Regional Manager of East Africa of TTC Mobile and works and lives in Arusha, Tanzania. She wrote this blog about her trip to the Netherlands of last December/January.