Mobile afya is the first USSD application in Africa using internet-free mobile technology to provide basic health information in local and native languages starting with Swahili in East Africa.
Mobile afya is developed by medical professionals, doctors, engineers and tech innovators.
OUR MAIN GOALS:
●Provide access of health information to all Africans.
●Influence informed decisions driven by public health knowledge.
●Use artificial intelligence for smart predictions and to connect users with health care providers.
THE PROBLEM WE SOLVE:
There is a gap between demographics and regions that have access to modern information and communications technology and those that do not or have only restricted access. Focusing on the health sector, this gap prevents distribution of essential information and knowledge to those who need it most.
WHAT MAKES MOBILE AFYA UNIQUE:
●ACCESSIBILITY - Mobile afya is accessible in all types of phones - feature phones (offline) & smart phones, therefore serving all users with mobile phones in Africa. The app is packed with verified and accurate health content developed by medical professionals.
●FAMILIARITY – Mobile afya is in Swahili language (the most spoken language in Africa) and has the same usability protocols as mobile money wallets (m-commerce product with more than 135 million users in Africa)
●USSD TECHNOLOGY - Mobile afya is an offline app because majority of all mobile users in Tanzania do not have access to internet, as they use feature mobile phones or are unable to afford data plans.
●SIMPLICITY – Mobile afya subscription is made easy and can be done in 60 seconds through integrated mobile wallet payment systems.
●PRIVACY - Mobile afya is designed with the user in mind, the application does not collect personal information apart from mobile numbers and location. All information is received via SMS and can be kept or deleted based on the user’s preference
Location: Tanzania, Coastal Zone, Dar es-Salaam