• Initiatives (181)
  • MTN's cloud services

    MTN says that their Cloud Services give you access to unlimited, secure storage for all your data, across all your devices, including:

    MTN Cloud software allows one to sync all devices, including PC, laptop, smartphone and tablet.  MTN Cloud Services allows seamless access to all files, such as photos, videos and documents.

    MTN says data is completely secure and not subject to screening of any kind.

  • mTrac

    Uganda’s MOH  partnered with UNICEF to create mTrac, one of ten winners of the 2013 AfDB’s eHealth awards. Their Rapid-SMS-based health tool is designed to strengthen the Ugandan health system by speeding up response times and bolstering accountability.

    mTrac operates in over 75% of health facilities with national coverage expected during 2014. It is recognized internationally for real time monitoring of diseases, tracking of essential medicines, and improving health service delivery.

    The initiative was launched in 2011 in an effort to improve Health Management Information Systems reporting on disease surveillance and medicine tracking systems for Uganda’s 5,000 health facilities.

    Health Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda said in a joint statement that “mTrac addresses a crucial need of the Ministry of Health, ensuring that accurate, real-time information from every health facility is available to national and local government stakeholders for action.”

  • mTriage

    The mTriage app was developed by The Open Medical Project (TOMPSA), to address the shortcoming of the triage system in South Africa. When patients arrive at busy Emergency Centres, its critical that they are screened and prioritized appropriately, to ensure that those that require urgent medical attention are seen immediately. This process of assessing patients is called Triage and prioritizes patients. Unfortunately patients are often triaged incorrectly, or triage takes very long. This leads to patients dying in Emergency Rooms. Research from the Western Cape in South Africa shows that as many as 1 in 4 patients in some settings may be incorrectly triaged.Typically nurses calculate the score based on paper charts, or from memory. This leads to errors.

    To aid nurses to perform triage calculations properly, TOMPSA worked with a number of other institutions and experts to develop mTRiage which allows nurses to accurately and efficiently perform the South African Triage Scale. The system is very simply and makes triaging patients much easier and faster.

    The app has been tested in local hospitals in South Africa and results have shown a dramatic improvement in triage accuracy, waiting times and adoption by nurses. The app is evolving into a comprehensive decision support and patient management solution for local emergency centres. The vision for the app is clear. TOMPSA hopes that the app will continue to expand and that in the future every hospital on the continent will have a mobile, digital triage and Emergency Clinical Support solution in their Emergency Centres.

    In early 2015 the app won the Mobile Premiers Award for Big Impact. 

    The app is avilable on Google Play and iTunes. 

  • Mubser

    Mubser is a wearable belt with a Bluetooth headset for visually impaired people that guide them to move and navigate in a safe, quick and easy manner. It uses RGB imaging and infrared depth data captured by a 3D depth camera to assist individuals to navigate around obstacles using a system of vibration motors. The device is also able to recognise staircases, doors and chairs and can name these objects to the wearer through a Bluetooth-connected headset helping them navigate around every day objects.

  • Muecate Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

    Muecate Maternal, Newborn and Child Health project seeks to improve maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in Mozambique through sustainable nutrition interventions using mobile technology. The aims of the project are:

    improved and equitable access to mother, neo-natal and child health services

    adoption of positive nutrition, health- seeking, caring and WASH practices at community level leading to improved MNCH

    a favourable policy environment for improved MNCH. The mobile applications utilized to achieve these aims are focused on data collection and monitoring.

    Specifically, the project is implementing two models of health programming that focus on both behaviour change and health promotion for MNCH and malnutrition, respectively. Both programme models utilize mobile tools that enable immediate feedback to community volunteers and beneficiaries, so that data is available in real time to project staff at all levels. 

    The ‘Timed and Targeted Counselling’ (ttC) model focuses on promoting MNCH interventions, health practices and MNCH behaviours, particularly for pregnant women. ttC is carried out by nurses or community based health workers. Mobile phones facilitate data collection for the ttC programmes and maternal and child health data, using the SMAP application.

    The ‘Positive Deviance/Hearth’ (PDH) model is used primarily as a behaviour change approach, which seeks to rehabilitate, sustain and prevent malnutrition in moderate acute malnutrition (MAM), low weight-for-height and underweight children in the home setting.

    The ‘Positive Deviance’ aspect of Positive Deviance/Hearth refers to the promotion of uncommon yet beneficial practices by mothers / caretakers of well-nourished children in an impoverished community to others in the community with malnourished children. The ‘Hearth’ aspect of Positive Deviance/Hearth refers to the setting where the nutrition education and rehabilitation components of the programme are carried out; in this case, the home setting. Mobile phones facilitate data collection for this programme using the CommCare application. 

  • Mwana

    Project Mwana is an innovative health initiative implemented by the Ministry of Health in Zambia with the support of UNICEF and its collaborating partners: the Zambia Centre for Applied Health Research and Development (ZCHARD), a Boston University affiliate; the Zambia Prevention, Care and Treatment Partnership (ZPCT); and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). Through the use of RapidSMS mobile technology, the project delivers test results for diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in infants in real time to rural clinics and facilitates communications between clinics and community health workers. The community health workers then inform mothers that the results are ready for their collection.

    Begun as a pilot in 13 districts of Zambia in June 2010, the project has shown a reduction in turnaround time – from sample collection to laboratory to the return of test results to the originating health facility – of more than 50 per cent in the country’s rural and underserved communities. 

  • My Healthline

    With two doctors per 10,000 inhabitants (against 33 in France) and half the population living in rural areas, access to medical facilities is currently very difficult in Cameroon. My Healthline aims to help to improve preventive medicine throughout the country in partnership with medical professionals.

  • National eHealth strategy toolkit

    The WHO/ITU National eHealth Strategy Toolkit is an expert, practical guide that provides governments, their ministries and stakeholders with a foundation and method for the development and implementation of a national eHealth vision, action plan and monitoring framework.

    It is designed so that all countries, whatever their level of development, can adapt the Toolkit to suit their own circumstances. It is a significant collaboration between the World Health Organization and the International Telecommunication Union.

    It's available as a download in a number of langauges from the WHO IRIS site.

  • NightWatch

    Started by Malaria No More and Lalela Project, NightWatch uses various communications platforms to encourage social mobilization and greater utilization of mosquito nets.

    The idea is simple: broadcast a 30-second message every night across TV, radio and SMS to remind people to sleep under their mosquito nets.

    Similar to the 1980s American public service announcement that asked parents: "It's 10 p.m... do you know where your children are?" the NightWatch campaign asks families in Africa: "It's 9 p.m... are you and your family safe under your mosquito nets tonight?" Every message features a signature sound and a recognized local celebrity, harnessing the influence of African leaders to highlight the need for consistent use of mosquito nets.

    NightWatch is currently supporting the national malaria fight in Senegal, Cameroon and Chad, and will launch in Tanzania. The program has demonstrated the ability to engage both local and international celebrity spokespeople, corporate sponsors like the ExxonMobil Foundation, and African political leadership. Also supporting the campaign are leading cell phone companies TIGO Senegal and MTN Cameroon who have committed to blast millions of SMS texts with malaria messaging to their vast subscriber base.

  • Omomi

    Omomi, meaning my child, is an android-based mobile application that revolves around child health in Nigeria. The app has a vaccination reminder and scheduler, a child growth monitor and a GPS locator of the nearest hospital in case of emergencies. It also has vital health tips on breast feeding and recommendations for home management of diarrhoea. The app has a mothers community section which provides a safe and secure platform for mothers, with online discussion boards to crowdsource answers to questions concerning their health and that of their children.

    The platform provides answers and insights from medical personnel. Developers believe that the app is the first worldwide that focuses on fulfilling ALL of the WHO’s Childhood survival strategies.