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Health Child and Text to Change launch SMS project PDF Print E-mail

02 December 2009

Health Child and Text to Change in collaboration with the Jinja District Health Services with support from the International Institute of Communication and Development (IICD), Netherlands is launching a mobile phone text messaging for Health Campaign in Jinja District, Eastern Uganda.  The project will be officially launched on 3rd December 2009.

ImageThe purpose of the SMS project is to increase access to health information and health services among rural communities. It will not only aim at bridging the ICT gaps by introducing a novel approach in the promotion of family planning, HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, treatment and maternal health but will also make one step further in providing complementary support for data collection, analysis and SMS-based query consultation for the recently instituted National Health Information Management System at the Ministry of Health. The infrastructure for these applications is already in place through standard telecommunications networks (MTN, Zain, UTL and Warid).
The specific objectives of the program are:
1. Gauging and increasing knowledge of participants on HIV/AIDS.
2. Encouraging uptake of Family Planning practices;
3. Informing participants about maternal health including ANC, and other reproductive health services.
4. Scaling up Voluntary and Couple Counselling and Testing for pregnant mothers and their partners.
5. Child health and nutrition
6. Data collection.
Health Child has prioritized the most under served communities such as fishing communities-islands and main land localities with poor access to services for children and young mothers in Eastern and Central region. Health child works with communities, local leadership, and public and private health facilities workers, to implement a range of activities both preventive and curative that augment the health of children.
TTC has designed a platform that is flexible that will redesign information materials/messages into acceptable SMS format with the option to present the messages in Luganda and English. This automatically contributes to Health Child’s objectives of creating a safe and secure healthy environment for young mothers, children and young care givers. Health Child through its community workers is gathering phone numbers of target participants for database feeding as well as serving as a conduit of information where participants approach for further directions to Health centres, more information on HIV and skilled advisory services to the expectant mothers using the on-hand qualified midwives.
About the implementers:
Health Child a local organization works in the districts of Jinja and Wakiso currently with plans to extend its services to other parts of the country as funding allows. The mission of the organization is to create a safe and secure healthy environment for young children and young care givers at the household and community level so that children—both girls and boys can experience a safe and fruitful childhood; and that they will grow to become responsible and productive adult persons in their communities. The organization focuses on preventing the occurrence of common illnesses among children. It also works to promote the good management of child illnesses by targeting the mothers of children on issues of childcare, antenatal and maternal care as well as social protection for children. Website : www.healthchild.info
Text to Change (TTC) is a young dynamic organization working in the least developed nations. It uses state of the art mobile phone technology to collect and disseminate information on health issues. With our partners we develop innovative advocacy campaigns that use the latest insights in marketing adapted to the developing country context.  TTC has been one of the pioneers in using mobile phones for Health monitoring and advocacy in Africa and is specialized in interactive and incentive based text message programs addressing a wide range of health issues. TTC currently works in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia. Website: www.texttochange.com
IICD: The International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) is a non-profit foundation that specializes in information and communication technology (ICT) as a tool for development. IICD creates practical and sustainable solutions using both modern media (such as computers, Internet, email and multimedia) and traditional media (such as radio and television) to connect people and enable them to benefit from ICT, thereby contributing to the Millennium Development Goals.
Together with partners from the public, private and non-profit sector, IICD puts knowledge, innovation and finance to work. Currently, IICD is active in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Ghana, Jamaica, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia in the sectors education, environment, governance, health and livelihoods (agriculture).
Text to Change. Bas Hoefman- +256 75 4 157659 or + 256 77 9890 945: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Health Child : Betty Walakira - +256 772860518   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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