The Moyo Lesotho Project is using Vodacom’s mobile technology to provide children and pregnant women with HIV treatment and transportation to health facilities.
Vodacom has been operating in Lesotho for 20 years and established the Vodacom Lesotho Foundation in 2009 to invest in critical areas of development, including health.
“Together we aim to double the number of HIV positive children on treatment in three years and to eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV. We can achieve this by introducing several innovative mobile technologies as well as by funding improvements in the areas of patient to health centre linkages and the management and training of community health workers,” said Vodacom Lesotho Board Chairman, Matijato Moteane.
According to IT Web, the project captures patient health data at the point of contact through a mobile app created by the Vodacom Foundation. The data is then automatically aggregated and uploaded onto a database which allows for real-time fine-tuning of the programme to better provide for the patients.
One existing challenge that the programme aims to address is the cost of travel to get to treatment. To overcome this barrier, Vodacom has incorporated their M-Pesa mobile money system into patient referral processes so that money can be transferred to assist patients who need to travel to a health centre.
“M-Pesa allows for immediate transfers of funds to the women and children in need of getting to the clinic for further follow up and lab tests. To further improve access to HIV care and treatment, the government of Lesotho had made medication and healthcare around HIV free of charge in Lesotho, so this programme removes one more barrier of transport,” said Vodacom Lesotho.