The Android App enables users to search for their nearest health and wellbeing service provider, using either GPS triangulation on their mobile device or by manually inputting their address or chosen location. Once users have found what they’re looking for, they can wither call the service provider directly or be presented with a map that will direct them to the facility.
Unveiling the app at a meeting of the Durban Youth Council on September 17th, info4africa Director, Debbie Heustice said: “Our motivation for collecting and collating health and wellbeing service provider information, and making it easily accessible for all South Africans continues unabated. We’re proud to release our info4africa mobile application and look forward to making it even easier for everyone to access our referral network database from wherever they are. Our thanks go to our technology partner, AAT, for supervising this development and helping us move forward with our mobile technology programmes”.
On the launch, Business Development Manager at AAT, Alan Haarhoff, said: “This is a really exciting step for us. Over the years the dissemination of info4afica’s information has evolved to include various channels – the print directory, the USSD service, the Mobi site and now an Android App. The fact that a South African tech start-up developed the App is no coincidence for us. As South Africans we need to find solutions to our unique problems, and what better way through the team work of an NPO, a tech start up and an established Mobile Agency.”
Developed at a Geekulcha hackathon held in June, a small development team, headed up by Diamond Mubaarak, created the application. AAT submitted the idea for the hackathon challenge, providing the developers with an API to info4africa’s database, which the company develops and manages. Founder of Geekulcha, Mixo Ngoveni, said: “Seeing the info4africa App come to life brings us great joy, especially because it was submitted as one of the challenges at the Geekulcha ‘Make Life Easy’ Hackathon. The development of this app demonstrates how the incredible talent in South Africa can make a difference to every citizen’s life.”
info4africa has a long history of collecting and collating service provider information, and is a well-recognised source of reliable information in both private and public sectors. info4africa’s referral network database houses comprehensive information on more than 12,000 health, wellbeing and development organisations across the country, and each entry is carefully captured and updated on an annual basis. info4africa is a self-funded Centre of the School of Applied Human Sciences, College of Humanities, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
AAT’s has had a close partnership with info4africa over the last few years by providing mobile and database technology services to the referral network centre. They’ve worked together to create unique opportunities for all South Africans to get the health information they need, wherever they are and no matter what mobile handset they use.