EGPAF Visits, Thanks Vodacom Foundation for Big Donation
In November of 2011, the Vodacom Foundation donated 43 SMS printers to EGPAF to help expedite HIV testing and get more clients their test results back quickly. On June 7, Dr. Jeroen Van’t Pad Bosch, Country Director for EGPAF-Tanzania, visited the Vodacom Foundation office to share his appreciation for the generous donation.
During his visit, Dr. Van’t Pad Bosch gave the Vodacom Foundation a placard as a token of appreciation for their support. The SMS printers are critical to ensuring that test results for HIV-exposed infants are received quickly, regardless of their distance from facilities with DNA PCR machines. In addition, Dr. Van’t Pad Bosch met with the head of the Vodacom Foundation, Yessaya Mwakifulefule, and discussed how the printers will be used.
During his remarks, Dr. Van’t Pad Bosch said that the whole of EGPAF has been impressed by the support of the Vodacom Foundation, the first phone company to support EGPAF.
The 43 donated SMS printers were distributed to various health facilities located in Foundation supported-regions: Mtwara, Lindi, Shinyanga, Tabora, Arusha, and Kilimanjaro.
Vodacom Foundation head Yessaya Mwakifulefule thanked EGPAF for the token of appreciation, and said that the Vodacom Foundation is looking forward to collaborating with EGPAF to ensure the elimination of pediatric AIDS in Tanzania.
Mercy Nyanda is Program Coordinator for Communications and Outreach for the Foundation, based in Tanzania.