Shall I give it to you in numbers?

At TTC I’m always interested in numbers, statistics, accountability. The reason why TTC so strongly believes in the power of using SMS to provide and collect information – especially in the developing world – is because of its enormous reach. With low distribution levels of fixed phone lines and internet connectivity, mobile telephony is often the only access method available to people in developing countries. We keep stressing this fact, because still too often people fail to imagine the scale and level of efficiency we are talking about. So here are some numbers to give you an idea.

World TB Day: On behalf of a future free from Tuberculosis

On March 24th in 1882, Dr. Robert Koch identified the cause of tuberculosis, a disease that at that time was killing 1 out of 7 people in Europe and Americas. This discovery was a watershed towards the diagnosis and cure of TB. In 1982, when this important discovery completed 100 years, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD) launched the first World TB Day. The World Health Organization (WHO) together with the IUATLD and other organizations joined forces in 1996 to start promoting through the Stop TB Partnership every March 24th the World TB Day, a day in which the fight against TB is in the world spotlight.

According to the WHO, “more than two billion people, equal to one third of the world’s total population, are infected with TB bacilli, the microbes that cause TB. One in every 10 of those people will become sick with active TB in his or her lifetime. People living with HIV are at a much greater risk.”


If we do not save mothers & children, we are putting the future generation at stake

On 5th March 2012, I joined a team of medical doctors and environmental specialists from UNICEF Kampala for a trip to western Uganda. This was a mid-term review on the progress made in health services provided for a two year project in the areas of Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT), HIV/AIDS and Malaria. We visited three districts of Bundibugyo, Kabarole and Kyegeggwa. UNICEF-Kampala, in partnership with Ministry of health and other partners like TTC and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), is working tirelessly to achieve the 4th, 5th and 6th of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Research Africa conducted its first market research survey

Research Africa is a market research agency with social impact as one of its goals in East-Africa. This agency is a social enterprise and was founded by TTC in 2012, partially funded by SIDA. I’m proud to announce that Research Africa has successfully completed its first project last month, with good results. Through the partnership between TTC, USAID and Unilever/Lifebuoy, Research Africa conducted a survey whose aim was to follow up on the impact of the Hand Washing SMS campaign in Uganda on October 15 2011, Global Handwashing Day.

TTC wins award at the International Conference on Mobile Communication for Development in India

TTC won the First Best Paper Award at the 3rd International Conference on Mobile Communication for Development (M4D 2012) in New Delhi India. The conference was organized by the Society for Education & Research Development (SERD) in collaboration with HumanIT, Karlstad University.

TTC won the Best Paper Award in the Oral Presentation Category (research track) for their paper: Using mobile phones to improve delivery and uptake of Medical Male Circumcision: Experiences from North Tanzania.


SMS as an effective behaviour change campaigning tool

Behavior change campaigning is inherently interactive. In order to encourage positive behavior change it’s important to not only push campaign messages out to people, but to listen to the responses. To run a campaign which has a real impact on behavior, you need to listen to ensure you’re being heard. This is one of the main reasons why SMS – as a widely accessible and inherently interactive communications channel – is an ideal tool for campaigning.