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.
Every year on the 1st of December the world raises awareness on HIV/Aids during World Aids day. Over the past decade, a number of initiatives was launched all over the world to educate people about the virus and stop the stigma to in turn reduce its spread and get closer to zero. According to World Health Organization, new infections have fallen by 35% since 2000 and Aids related deaths by 24%. Some 16 million people are now receiving antiretroviral treatment – more than 11 million of them in Africa.
Amsterdam, 21 October – Frontier markets are adopting the internet and TTC Mobile is growing with them. TTC Mobile has launched TTC Live – the next generation mobile engagement platform for developing countries. TTC Live provides participants with the possibility to browse through easy to navigate and highly visual mobile content. For organizations, TTC Live is the solution to effectively reach millions of mobile phone users worldwide as using a very low bandwidth internet solution makes the approach highly scalable at very low costs. In the light of the recently launched strategic partnership with global provider of consumer survey research MACROMILL – MetrixLab, TTC Live enables TTC Mobile even more to optimize mobile target audience engagement.
The tobacco control law was signed into an act in Uganda on the 19th of September 2015. This follows several efforts by different stakeholders including the ministry of Health, civil society organizations, members of the public and members of parliament. TTC Mobile is very proud to have been part of the nationwide Tobacco Control campaign using mobile technology and social media that has been educating people about the benefits of regulating tobacco use especially in public places and that has asked for the banning of tobacco sale to minors.
TTC Mobile is proud to be part of the Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby SMS Service that celebrates 1 Million registrations since its launch in November 2012! The service recently sent its 55 Millionth free text message with healthcare information for pregnant women, mothers with newborns and male supporters. The campaign that was set up by the mHealth Tanzania Partnership that includes CDC Foundation has proved to be a life-changing facility for women living in extreme poverty with zero access to medical facilities in Tanzania.
TTC is the perfect sustainable example of a Dutch social enterprise with fantastic results, says the CEO of Unilever.
In September 2012, TTC established a cooperation with ADS-Nyanza (Anglican Development Service) as part of the Connect4Change consortium. The partnership set up an agricultural education program in two Southwestern counties of Kenya. Between September 2012 and June 2015, sweet potato and passion fruit farmers in the counties of Homa Bay and Migori were addressed with text messages and voice prompts that provided them with information needed to face local challenges and to enhance productivity and sales. In 2014, an evaluation was conducted in order to answer an important question: How did the text message service of TTC contribute to enhancing the productivity and sales by sweet potato and passion fruit farmers in Kenya’s counties of Homa Bay and Migori?