AppLab (Application Laboratory)
Country of Operation
- Grameen FoundationNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
SummaryAppLab Uganda provides a service known as Google SMS (Health Tips and Clinic Finder) which is a group of mobile applications that allows users to access information.
Community nurses often base their work in village health posts and are unable to provide much-needed doorstep care. Needs associated with pregnancy, delivery, early infancy, HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases, etc. are not always fully addressed, in part because information available to nurses and volunteers is inadequate for supporting home-based services to pregnant women and new mothers and their babies. The Grameen Foundation's MOTECH initiative seeks to alter this dynamic by enabling the delivery of relevant and actionable information over mobile phones.
Key program components
"Google SMS Health Tips" enable users to find timely, accurate and actionable information on sexual and reproductive health care by text message a search query to 6001. The application will then text message back the results. Users can use this SMS application to obtain tips on health care about sexually transmitted diseases, family planning methods, and maternal health best practices. The accuracy of information on sexual and reproductive health care is essential to dispel local myths and help individuals make informed decisions. The content is provided by Marie Stops Foundation Uganda which is a leader in Sexual and Reproductive Health.
MTN plans to add an interactive voice response (IVR) service to the application to cater for voice calls usage in addition to the text messages. And also to encourage behavior change in health care that should be stemed from understanding the need for change or compliance to medical regimens and the consequence of non-compliance.
"Google SMS Clinic Finder" enables users to locate health care facilities in Uganda, including the types of services offered as well as the hours of operation. This searchable directory makes it easier for users to find appropriate medical assistance and also enables patients to find answers to questions that arise after treatment. The content for this application is provided by Straight Talk, which is a leader in health communication in Uganda.
AppLab(Application Laboratory) Uganda Project is an initiative of the Grameen Foundation. Grameen Foundation, Google and MTN Uganda have been working together since September, 2007 to build the physical, human, and technological infrastructure needed to support the initiative tapping into the core expertise of each partner. In Uganda, the AppLab runs The Health Tips Application. The project completed its pilot phase in 2009 and has since been rolled-out nationally.