Mobilising maternal health in Tanzania
Since January 2011 the Vodafone Foundation has been working in Tanzania to implement mobile technology solutions within the health system that will help reduce maternal morbidity and mortality.
The Vodafone Foundation’s Mobilising Maternal Health programme is split in to two keys areas; using mobile solutions to identify high risk pregnancies and get women to appropriate medical facilities to give birth & the ‘text to treatment’ programme, which uses Vodafone’s M-Pesa money transfer system to help women already suffering with maternal health condition, obstetric fistula, to access treatment.
‘Mobilising Maternal Health in Tanzania’ is a USD$14 million programme, funded with support from the American people as part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Vodafone Foundation implements the programme through partnerships with Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT), Pathfinder International and the Touch Foundation in Tanzania.
Through the award winning Instant Network Programme, the Vodafone Foundation deploys people and technology to provide free communications and technical support to aid agencies and victims, in areas affected by natural or humanitarian disaster.
Over the past few years the Instant Network team of trained Vodafone volunteers, have deployed to areas such as the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 & Typhoon Bopha in 2012; and to assist relief efforts in Kaikor, Kenya during the severe drought affecting the area in 2012.
More recently, Instant Network volunteers supporting relief efforts in Port Vila in the Republic of Vanuatu, which was devastated by Cyclone Pam in 2015.
Instant Network Schools
Instant Network Schools mobilise classrooms in refugee camps in countries where Vodafone operates, bringing critical education resources to teachers and students who need them most.
The Instant Network Schools programme was developed by the Vodafone Foundation and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to introduce tablet-based learning in some of the world’s most poorly resourced refugee camps. Instant Network Schools provide internet connectivity, hardware, software & teacher training that enables students and teacher to access free digital educational content.
By 2020, the Vodafone Foundation aims to reach a potential 3 million young refugees living in countries where Vodafone operates, to provide a them with a better education.
TecSOS is the Vodafone Foundation’s specially adapted device that provides support for victims of domestic violence.
It was developed by the Vodafone Spain Foundation in collaboration with the Spanish Red Cross and the TecSOS Foundation. The device enables a user to push a button and activate immediate contact with the emergency services, providing details of the location from the device and triggering an immediate recording of all activity in the vicinity of the device.
TecSOS is providing vital protection to victims of domestic violence in Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Ireland, Germany and the UK. In the UK TecSOS connects directly to the Police and is integrated into the emergency telecoms system. Over 70% of UK Police forces have implemented the system to better support victims of domestic violence in their constituency. To date over 45,000 victims of domestic violence have benefitted from the TecSOS programme.
JustTextGiving by Vodafone is the headline programme of the Vodafone Foundation in the UK, enabling individuals and charities to collect donations via text.
JustTextGiving was developed through a partnership between Just Giving, Vodafone UK and the Vodafone Foundation and allows individuals and charities of any size to leverage the power of mobile giving to raise money for charity.
To donate money, all a user has to do is text a unique code (known as a VIC – Vodafone Individual Code) and any amount between £1 and £10 to 70070. The total amount donated goes to the charity. Using JustTextGiving, fundraisers and charities alike can benefit from the power of mobile with 100% of donations going to where it’s needed most. You don’t even have to be a Vodafone customer to raise money or donate.
JustTextGiving is being used by more than 232,000 individual fundraisers and by 21, 800 charities. This has helped raise more than £28 million since its inception in May 2011.
Pioneering new ‘ambulance taxi’ service
Leadership Lessons Lessons by video call to young people in refugee camps
Supporting HIV+ children in Lesotho
First Instant Classrooms deployed in Kakuma
The impact of Instant Network schools
Pioneering new ‘ambulance taxi’ service could help save at least 2,700 lives of pregnant mothers and babies in rural Tanzania each year
- First-of-its-kind service launched in districts in Tanzania where maternal and infant mortality rates believed to be among highest in the world
- Districts Sengerema and Shinyanga are about the size of Belgium, have a population of at least two million and only 10 ambulances
- Vodafone’s M-Pesa used to pay taxi drivers when high-risk expectant mothers, many of whom are teenagers, are brought to hospital
Many hundreds of high-risk pregnant women in an area of Tanzania around the size of Belgium are not surviving pregnancy or are losing their babies as there is no means of getting them to hospital.
In response, a pioneering new toll-free emergency line has been launched by the Vodafone Foundation - alongside its NGO partners Pathfinder International and Touch Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The emergency line - equivalent to 112 in Europe, 911 in the US and 999 in the UK - could help save around 225 women’s and babies’ lives a month, and will see a network of 100 taxi drivers responding to emergency calls, taking pregnant women on what is often a three-hour journey to reach the nearest hospital. Once women arrive at hospital, the emergency taxi drivers are paid using Vodafone’s mobile payment service M-Pesa. A trial of the taxi service late last year in a small area of Sengerema saved the lives of 323 women and babies.
Malala Yousafzai, Vint Cerf, Muhtar Kent, Sir Martin Sorrell and Paul Polman to teach lessons by video call to young people in refugee camps
- Vodafone Foundation and UNHCR project has started with WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell, Unilever CEO Paul Polman, Huawei chairwoman Madam Sun Yafang and Jonah Capital Chairman Sir Samuel Jonah
- Project is part of Vodafone Foundation’s wider Instant Network Schools programme, which provides tablet-based teaching in refugee camps in Africa
- News follows launch of United Nations campaign this week to make internet access universal by 2020
Supporting HIV+ children in Lesotho
The Vodafone Foundation is working with Vodacom Lesotho, the Ministry of Health and other partners to get a generation of HIV+ young people on to treatment in Lesotho.
There are an estimated 19,000 young people in Lesotho living with HIV, of which less than 6,000 are on treatment. The Vodafone Foundation wants to ensure that every child living with this illness can access treatment and is looking at mobile technology solutions that can be implemented to bridge this gap.
The Vodafone Foundation M-Pesa ‘Text to Treatment’ model, currently used in Tanzania in the context of maternal health care is being rolled out in Lesotho. Using the mobile money payment system, the programme will look to identify and support the travel costs of those children living with HIV/AIDS who have not been accessing healthcare.
The programme also aims to increase the number of women accessing prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) which prevents transmission from HIV+ mothers to their new-born children.
The programme will also provide mobile clinics that reach mothers and children in the rural communities where they live – for many communities this will be the first time that this primary health care provision has existed.
First Instant Classrooms deployed in Kakuma
In July the Vodafone Foundation deployed the first of the Instant Classroom kits.
The digital ‘school in a box’, launched at Mobile World Congress in March 2015, was designed to support the roll out of the Vodafone Foundation’s Instant Network Schools programme. A team of trained Vodafone volunteers delivered the first Instant Classroom units to Greenlight Secondary School in the Kakuma Refugee camp where 1,200 students will benefit from the equipment.
Each Instant Classroom unit is shipped in a secure and robust 52kg case which is equipped with a laptop, 25 tablets pre-loaded with educational software, a projector, a speaker and a hotspot modem with 3G connectivity. The tablets can connect to the laptop locally, enabling teachers to deliver content and applications to students without the need to access the internet.
“The first deployment was a real success, we were able to train the teachers and deliver state of the art technology to kids that really need it.”
The impact of Instant Network Schools
Instant Network Schools help thousands of refugee children in need of education.
An Instant Network Classroom is a solar-powered centre with tablets that give children and teachers access to digital educational content and the internet in some of the world’s most poorly resourced refugee camps.
The immediate benefits of the programme are:
- Enhanced access to resources, information and knowledge
- Improvement in quality of learning through educational programme broadcasting, including language skills
- Access to tailored curriculum based on language and prior educational background of refugee children
- Increased student motivation
Long-term benefits are:
- Increased access to jobs
- Better integration in the host country
- Increased capacity to rebuild their lives when repatriated to native countries
- Critical for grooming future leaders for peace and stability of conflict-sensitive areas
A list of the Vodafone Foundation's trustees
Registered charity number
The Vodafone Foundation received recognition as registered charity from the Charity Commission for England and Wales on 4 December 2001.
Vodafone Foundation UK registered charity number 1089625.
Applications for funding
The Foundation receives an average of 12,000 requests per year for funding and support. While seeking to respond to all requests for information, it normally approaches only those charitable organisations which it believes can help in the delivery of its charitable aims.
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