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    Tracking Essential National Medicines and Diagnostics Access Initiative (TENDAI) is a project facilitated by Southern African Regional Programme on Access Medicines and Diagnostics (SARPAM) on tracking the availability of essential medicines and diagnostics in public health facilitates so that average citizens can easily access essential medicines.

    The project is being implemented on a national level by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) with Global Hope Mobilization (GLOHOMO) as the implementing organization in Malawi. SARPAM has trained and supported monitors who facilitate community-level collection and use of transparent information about medicines availability, price, quality and resources in Malawi.

    The monitors have achieved remarkable success using TENDAI in eliminating stock out problems. In many instances TENDAI monitors have become the link between health care administrators, providers and beneficiaries at local and National level. 

  • Text to Change TB adherence support

    Text to Change (TTC) aims at creating awareness, generating an uptake in health services and collecting data by using mobile telephones. TTC also implement programmes with health workers, in order for them to be informed and assisted better. Working with a wide range of local and international partners, the healthcare campaigns focus principally on HIV/Aids, malaria, tuberculosis, and reproductive and maternal health. The focus in this program is on tuberculosis treatment.

    Medication is the cornerstone of tuberculosis treatment. But treating TB takes much longer than treating other types of bacterial infections. With tuberculosis, you must take antibiotics for at least six to nine months. The exact drugs and length of treatment depend on your age, overall health, possible drug resistance, the form of TB (latent or active) and its location in the body. Completion of treatment is essential and therefore is adherence of crucial importance.

    The goal of Text to Change (TTC) is to empower citizens by unleashing the potential of mobile telephony to provide and collect information, increase awareness and knowledge levels, enhance transparency and strengthen advocacy. In this project the focus is on improving tuberculosis treatment adherence.

    Goals include:

    Setting up mobile campaigns for tuberculosis patients Raising awareness of the importance of adequate treatment Increasing treatment compliance of patients
  • TextIt

    Text messaging to increase postpartum clinic attendance and rates of early infant diagnosis of HIV – KEMRI has designed an interactive two-way text messaging intervention to deliver HIV-related information and encourage increased clinic attendance for prevention programs. KEMRI has evaluated the intervention’s efficacy in a randomized controlled trial in Nyanza province, Kenya. With the IWG grant, this program will be expanded from 5 to 20 health facilities.

  • The HPV initiative

    It is estimated that approximately 500 000 woman are diagnosed with cervical cancer globally each year. The mortality rates have been proven to be the highest in developing countries, due to the lack of infrastructure and resources to implement routine screening.

    Cervical cancer is the second most common type of cancer among women in South Africa. According to the National Cancer Registry, the highest rates are found among black women between the ages of 66 and 69.

    In 2014, The National Department of health and The Department of Basic Education jointly launched a national vaccination campaign to assist in preventing cervical cancer. The target group of this campaign are grade girls, over the age of 9, who will be protected against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

    The aim is to use the Integrated School Health Programme (ISHP) to vaccinate approximately 500 000 girl in 17 000 public and special schools, before exposure to HPV infection. A bivalent HPV Vaccine has been given over the period of 6 months using a campaign-like approach.

    The two governments worked with numerous organizations, one being HISP. HISP-SA built the Android App that the school health nurses use. It also assists in managing the programme in helping to train nurses to use the App effectively and ensure that the information generated is used meaningfully to promote programme success. The HISP team is led by two strong individuals: Margaret Modise as the national programme manager, and Lusanda Ntoni dealing with the technical aspects. The underlying technology is the DHIS2 platform.

  • Totohealth

    Toto Health enables mothers to receive targeted and action-oriented messages based on when and where the child was born or stage of pregnacy in Kenya. These messages are able to highlight any warning signs in a child's health and connect mothers with local hospitals. 

    Toto Health enables organizations and hospitals to easily communicate with parents by sending SMS reminders for vaccinations, clinics, and appointments. Toto Health then records responses from each SMS send out and create reports based on the responses received.

    TotoHealth looks at key issues affecting maternal and newborn health in different regions and generate content to address those issues. Totohealth content is reviewed continously, approved by medical practitioners and translated to different languages.

    Topics covered includes: 

    Monitoring your pregnancy/child’s growth to enable you to seek early intervention incase of deviation to an abnormal growth Get timely advice specific to your child or pregnancy Get referral to the right healthcare facilities and institutions near you. Get to ask questions about your child or pregnancy directly from your mobile phone.

    Sample messages included below. 

    Your child is now 3 months old. Your child should now be able to hold his head up while lying on his stomach. Kindly respond yes/no when he does this.  - www.totohealth.org

    This a reminder that the next vaccination will be on Tuesday 14th May 2014 at St Patricks Hospital Eldoret.  - St Patricks Hosp via www.totohealth.org

  • TRACnet

    TRACnet was established and implemented by TRAC (Treatment and Research AIDS Centre), an institution of the Ministry of Health of Rwanda in 2005. It is a dynamic information technology system designed to collect, store, retrieve, display and disseminate critical program information, as well as to manage drug distribution and patient information related to the care and treatment of HIV/AIDS. This system enables practitioners involved in anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment programs to submit reports electronically and have timely access to vital information. By dialling 3456, a toll free number, or logging onto a bi- lingual website (English and French), health centre staffers can submit or receive programme results on HIV/AIDS patients as soon as they are processed. TRACnet uses solar energy chargeable mobile phones, which can be used in the most remote parts of the country.

    TRACnet has enabled HIV/AIDS practitioners to monitor Antiretroviral (ARV) therapy drug stocks in real time, allowing local hospitals to send urgent requests to central managers to replenish stocks. Furthermore, it gives rapid and reliable access to CD4 molecule and viral blood test results in remote health facilities. Authorities get timely access to critical tracking indicators which permits a better public monitoring of HIV/AIDS patterns of transmission. Disease outbreaks at various levels can be better managed through national/regional/local tables, called “dashboards”, which compile all sources of information related to HIV. 

  • Transform Africa Summit

    Transform Africa Summit is a platform that brings the continent’s top political and business leaders together to shape Africa’s digital transformation agenda. The summit is open to participants from around the world and attracts over 2500 local, regional and international participants. 

    Goals and Objectives of the summit include:  

    To offer a platform for dialogue and deal making between governments and the private sector on technology solutions for Africa’s socio-economic transformation To provide a space for young innovators from Africa and the beyond to showcase their potential for creating home grown disruptive innovations To raise awareness of the limitless potential for women empowerment through technology (GemTech) To recognize exemplary innovations that are excelling in using technology to drive socio-economic transformation.


  • Tsamounde

    Tsamounde, an mHealth project in Cameroon,  is providing vital services for expectant women and patients in need of urgent medical attention. The initiative, funded by the United Nations Population Fund, was officially launched in September 2014. 

    Pregnant women can use their mobile phones to activate a referral system which communicates to doctors, midwifes and ambulances in the area that there is a woman in distress. The ambulance, using a smartphone, can track the woman using her GPS location and bring her to hospital.

    Just two days after the technology was introduced, a distress SMS saved Sally Aishatou and her baby. Aishatou activated the system by sending an SMS and then passed out. An ambulance responded to the distress message and was able to locate Aishatou where she lay unconscious on her floor. By the time the ambulance returned to the hospital, the operation room had been prepared and the doctors were ready to operate. She was taken into surgery immediately. Eight minutes later her baby boy was born.

    The project has benefitted hundreds of women in terms of information, evacuation, arrangements of hospital visits, deliveries and caesarean sections, says Patrick Okwen, M-Health project coordinator, adding that the technology could help reduce the high infant and maternal mortality rates in Cameroon.

  • Tutunzane

    Pathfinder’s mHealth work in Tanzania began in 2008 with funding from the Centers for Disease Control. This project, housed under the Tutunzane project, uses mobile technology to improve communication and reporting between health clinics, home-based care providers, and clients. In collaboration with D-Tree International, Pathfinder and its Tutunzane partners are using a mobile phone-based application, CommCare, to improve HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and family planning services offered at the community level.  Community home-based care providers use mobile phones to provide better care during home visits, to follow referrals, and to improve client data management and use. Each month, CommCare sends a short message service (SMS) or text message summary of community home-based care activities to the home-based care providers' supervisors. District level coordinators access the collected data online, which further improves communication and information-sharing between community-based providers, facility providers, and district coordinators. There are currently more than 300 home-based care providers in and around Dar Es Salaam using this mobile phone application.

  • U report

    In Zambia, U-report is used to send simple text messages to link people to the National AIDS Council. Its an inovative, free-of-charge and youth friendly SMS platform that allows real-time, two-way communication with trained SMS-counsellors on issues of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI).

    The Ministry of Health (MOH) uses the SMS application to send messages about the disease and encourage people to get tested. Since its launch in 2012, over 50,000 young people have been referred to anonymous counselling services, and voluntary testing among U-reporters rose to 40%, significantly higher than the 24% national average. 

    The Zambia U-Report has two programmatic modules (Knowledge Bank; Poll/Campaign): The Knowledge Bank is a repository of up-to-date information on HIV and STI; it is accessible to the SMS-counsellors as a resource to provide correct information to young people as they interact with them through SMS. Whereas the Poll/Campaign module serves two purposes: polling opinions of young people on HIV and STIs issues to inform policy dialogue and programmatic decisions and secondly to establish a baseline on knowledge, access and utilization of high impact HIV prevention services for young people. The information received from the baseline will be used in designing customized behaviour change communication messages, which will be sent to young people through the SMS but will also be given through other mass media (radio or TV programme) to complement the SMS. These linkages with mass media will be important to ensure equity in access to information for young people who do not own a mobile phone and those young people with disabilities.