Monyane, a taxi driver from Lesotho, was driving through town one day when something happened that would change the course of his life.
A heavily pregnant woman appeared at the side of the road. She was in severe pain and desperate for a lift to the hospital. She didn’t have any money for a taxi and was relying on the goodwill of strangers. Monyane drove her to the hospital, dropped her off and then left without asking her for payment.
The experience made Monyane realise how deadly the situation could have been for her – and for many other women in Lesotho. “Someone could end up walking to the health facility in desperate need,” he says. “This is why m-mama is an important programme. It helps people a lot.” Since then, he decided to do everything he can do to help pregnant women get the transport they need, when they need it.
Monyane now drives pregnant women and newborns to emergency care through m-mama, a programme operated by Vodafone Foundation in partnership with Touch Foundation and other partners, which aims to connect mothers to healthcare in rural Tanzania.
Vodafone Foundation’s m-mama programme, operated in partnership with the Touch Foundation, connects pregnant women in some of the most remote parts of Africa to emergency care.
Through m-mama, we are working to reduce rates of maternal mortality, identified as the number one health challenge by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. With over 13,500 emergencies transported to date, the programme has helped reduce maternal mortality in live regions by 27%.
Watch the videos below to hear more stories from m-mama drivers, healthcare professionals and women who have used the service to deliver healthy babies.
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