Following big donation, Vodacom Foundation visits Tanzania EGPAF sites

By Mercy Nyanda | May 1, 2013

Vodacom Foundation representatives and EGPAF staff toured health sites benefiting from SMS technology in Tanzania

EGPAF

Accompanied by officials from EGPAF’s offices in Tanzania, representatives from African mobile communications firm Vodacom visited EGPAF-supported sites in Lindi and Mtwara in April to learn more about the use of SMS technology in the elimination of pediatric AIDS.

Vodacom Foundation staff visited health sites, including Ligula hospital and Naliendele dispensary in Mtwara and Sokoine and the Lindi town clinic.

The visit followed Vodacom’s donation of 43 SMS printers in 2012. These printers were distributed in various health facilities located in Foundation-supported regions across Tanzania, including Mtwara, Lindi, Tabora, Kilimanjaro, and Arusha.

Speaking during the visit, Vodacom Foundation Manager Grace Lyon commended EGPAF’s efforts to eliminate pediatric AIDS. She added that the Vodacom Foundation looked forward to seeing the number of children suffering from AIDS decrease because of earlier testing and diagnosis.

“We are happy to support this program with the SMS printers,” Lyons said, “and we look forward to elimination of pediatric AIDS in the regions (where) EGPAF works.”

EGPAF‘s Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) Coordinator Georgiah Kasori said that the 43 SMS printers have added value to the EID program, reducing the time spent waiting for test results and helping clinicians get babies on life-saving treatment regimens faster.

To learn more about EGPAF’s innovative use of mobile technology, click here.

Mercy Nyanda is Program Coordinator for Communications and Outreach for the Foundation, based in Tanzania.