5000 kilometers South of Uganda, Spain kicks off against Switzerland during the World Cup in Durban, South Africa. At the same moment in Gulu, Northern Uganda, 2 football teams stand face to face to celebrate the International Day of the African Child and to play their own championship.
Mobile Phones for Health Education in the Developing World: SMS as a User Interface
Donate €1,50 by texting TTC to 3669
TTC is proud for being nominated for the Best Product, Initiative or Service for Underserved segments for the GSMA’s 16th Annual Global Mobile Awards.
TTC and Health Initiatives for the Private Sector (HIPS) Project recently launched a new partnership program with Eskom Uganda Limited – a subsidiary company of Eskom Enterprises in South Africa. The mobile messaging (SMS) programme, which will be rolled out in 2011, aims to increase access to health information and services amongst Eskom’s employees and contractors, as well as members of the surrounding communities. The program was officially launched on World Aids Day December 1st 2010. Andrew Lumbuye, Eskom’s Human Resource Manager says: “TTC is about accessing information, Knowledge on health matters at your convenience and in your privacy. It enables you get information on something you may not have been comfortable to discuss in public”.
Donorland has been littered with pilot projects over the last ten years that took interesting technology and ideas, and sought to make them work in the unforgiving African context. All too often they had little idea of what potential users actually wanted and once the funding ended, the water closed over them and that was that. There is now a second generation of ICT4D projects that seem to have learnt the lessons of these early failures. Russell Southwood spoke to Terra Weikel and Sean Blaschke of UNICEF and Bas Hoefman of TTC about how they are using technology in different ways.
In May 2010 a white paper on mHealth was published by the Center for Global Health and Economic Development Earth Institute, Columbia University in cooperation with the mHealth Alliance.
The Dutch Embassy in Kampala and NGO TTC have developed an SMS alert service for Dutch people living in Uganda, registered at the embassy. This service provides important information for the Dutch community in Uganda on election violence or other unusual disturbances.
The Task Force Health Care is a cooperation between the Dutch government, the medical technological industry, knowledge and educational institutions, and NGOs. Since 1996, the TFHC’s mission is to provide a structural contribution to the improvement of healthcare infrastructures in emerging and developing countries by the maximum use of Dutch expertise and technology.