UK-based mobile strategy company Mobilium Global launched Smart Health in early March as a free downloadable app to promote health and wellness among users in South Africa and six other African countries.
With the direct support and guidance of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and malaria, the app not only allows users to educate themselves about the diseases, but also lets them identify symptoms, find high-risk areas and offers precautionary measures when travelling to those areas.
The application also incorporates an easy to use mobile web based symptom checker – the Isabel Symptom Checker app, which is listed in the NHS Choices Health Apps Library of safe and trusted apps.
Future releases of Smart Health will include information on nutrition, as well as prenatal and postnatal mother and child care.
Mobilium Global CEO Ralph Simon says the company’s goal is to “provide mobile users in Africa with a free, all-access health resource platform that informs, as well as encourages safe behavioural practices that in turn will help reduce the transmission and infection rates of AIDS, malaria and TB.”
In addition, the application is designed to provide an accurate baseline information resource on HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, as well as provide information on a number of ancillary topics, such as injection safety.
Through an in-app reply form added into the Smart Health application, interested parties across Africa can submit suggestions, observations, comments and feedback on how AIDS, TB and malaria are being fought in the areas and regions in which they live. It’s believed that this collaborative effort across the continent will help contribute to making a difference.
As part of a partnership with Samsung Africa, the Smart Health app will feature on all new Samsung smartphones and tablet devices distributed in Africa.
George Ferreira, VP and COO of Samsung Electronics Africa noted that “we are committed to using our technology to impact the lives of our African consumers positively but we cannot do it alone – which is where our ‘Count Me In’ campaign comes in.