Research shows: SMS services change lives

Mobile interventions have been rising in popularity in developing countries around the world. Mobile apps and services are extensively used by developing organizations and governments, and especially in Africa countless SMS services are launched to offer assistance in the fields of health, agriculture or financial support. It remains important to examine the actual effects of an SMS service: How much difference can an SMS make? TTC Mobile contracted the impact researchers from Avance to find the answer to this question. The impact study resulted in eye-opening outcomes that make a great case for the social impact of mobile interventions.

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Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation is a breakthrough

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.

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New SMS Service to contribute to financial literacy of Mozambican farmers

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.

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Help Tobacco Control Campaign Win Social Media Award Uganda!

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) 

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“Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby” Tanzania nominated for world’s best mobile innovation for emerging markets

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.

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8 years of engaging hard-to-reach audiences in emerging markets

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.

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Exploring the financial sustainability of mHealth interventions

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. 

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World Cancer Day: “We Can, I Can”; A smoke-free generation

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.

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Connect4Change 2011 – 2015: using ICT to change the lives of millions

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.

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