mHealth Compendium 2013

mHealth CompendiumThe mHealth compendium is produced by the African Strategies for Health Project for USAID in June 2013. Its purpose is to provide relevant mHealth information in order to help future USAID missions in Africa, as well as other regions world-wide. The document includes 27 case studies, 2 of which are from TTC. The case studies depict campaign methods, results, lessons learned but also partners, contact information, geographic coverage and donors. The industry field of mHealth is broad and various and in order to get a good overview of all the countless possibilities, case studies are grouped under 5 programmic pillars: Behavior Change Communication, Data Collection, Finance, Logistics and Service Delivery.

Check out the mHealth compendium and TTC’s case studies which are featured on pages 18 – 21. The examples are only a small selection of the endless mHealth initiatives and possibilities out there today, and still to come.



TTC shortlisted for the Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge

TTC is happy to be shortlisted for the Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge with TTC Green’s WaterMonitor project. 

The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge was launched as part of the Water for Life Decade. This is an initiative established by the UN General Assembly to contribute to the Millennium Development Goal that aims to increase sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015. Many people worldwide still die due to preventable, water-related diseases. Participants of the challenge were asked to submit a proposal for an innovative project that will bring safe water and sanitation to communities around the world. As one of the five shortlisted candidates, TTC will participate in a decisive call with the jury towards the end of July. Already TTC has received full access to relevant Reed Elsevier publications (update 2017: now RELX), such as the Journal of Water Research, to help them advance their work. Final winners will be announced in September 2013.


Increase production farmers via SMS

foto3A succesful collaboration started with the mutual goal to help sweet potato farmers in Kenya increase their production and marketing activities. A program was launched in September 2012 by the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO), Anglican Church Development Services (ADS-Nyanza) and TTC. This initiative is part of the ‘Connect4Change’ consortium and took place in the Kabondo Homa Bay County, Kenya. The program explores the use of information and communication technology. For example mobile technology through SMS, Voice and other media with the main goal of improving farmer production. Due to the success of the program it will run until at least 2015 and there might be a need to prolong the program.


Collaboration: the key in mHealth

LinneuniversitetetSeveral weeks ago, TTC received a very interesting thesis from two bachelor students from Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden. The authors, named  Martina Mattsson and Safi Sabuni, made an excellent case about mHealth organizations in developing countries. The thesis addresses mHealth in Uganda and aims to map out how different factors affect the field and what challenges there are in using mobile phones. The following organizations and persons were visited and interviewed in Uganda as part of the research: UNICEF, Women of Uganda NetworkHealth Child, i-Network, Transparency International Uganda (TIU), TTC, Head Corporate Relations Office at Faculty of Computing and IT and the Makerere University. TTC is mentioned and credited for their mHealth project approach.