ON THE GROUND

Ebola Prevention

Life-saving messages and keeping field teams connected in rural West Africa.

Too often in our urban lifestyles, we discount the value of a few dollars, or overlook the privileges of convenience. Changing the efficiency of something as simple as prepaid airtime top-ups can dramatically improve the lives for people in tough, rural conditions. As a result of this Ezra solution, an organization like UMC can now deploy top-ups with precision and effective cost management and help their teams help their communities.

Helping ‘Zero Mothers Die’ 

Life-changing SMS and Voice messages for vulnerable populations.

Through the Zero Mothers Die initiative, free airtime gave vulnerable pregnant women control through connectivity. It turned them from being silent receivers and beneficiaries to active participants, making decisions on their own health and wellbeing. With airtime, they could contact emergency health phone numbers, stay in touch with local healthcare professionals and be empowered to protect themselves and their unborn child. 

Combating Zika Virus

Supporting ongoing data collection from health workers.

Premise Data (USA) needed to gather life-saving data in Colombia to manage mosquito-borne disease outbreaks.

Enabling International Donations to Ethiopia 

The Office of the Prime Minister in Ethiopia set up a COVID19 resource mobilization initiative in March 2020 to collect donations from the public towards relief efforts. The collected donations would be mobilized towards emergency food distribution, health sector response and provision for emergency shelter and non food items as well as support for the agricultural sector, protection of vulnerable groups and efforts towards education. To scale their donation efforts, they set up a dedicated phone number and bank account numbers to collect funds. However the efficacy of the program would be greater if they could collect donations from Ethiopian diaspora living overseas.

Improving Math Literacy in South Africa

Praekelt.org is an organisation collaborating with governments, NGOs and social enterprises to design, develop and implement scalable digital technologies for social change. With an increasing number of young people owning and using mobile phones in South Africa and the gamification of education, using airtime as a tangible incentive tool is an apt method to engage and encourage learning in an effective manner.

Driving Education in Nigeria 

According to Unicef, 40% of Nigerian children aged 6-11 do not attend any primary school and for pre-school children, only 21% are enrolled in an Early Childhood Care Centre. Solving education needs has been an imperative for many NGOs. A group of enterprising youths, the Tembo Education Group, realized that Nigeria’s mobile phone penetration is estimated at 94%. In an Afrobarometer survey for 2014/2015, Africa’s access to electricity (65%), paved roads (54%) or sewage (30%) was below mobile phone services.

Supporting Migrant Workers in Singapore

In Bangladesh, the national lockdown’s economic impact on the poor has been dramatic. An estimated 80% drop in income since the launch of the lockdown as factories, restaurants, shops, and even rickshaw services have closed. These families rely heavily on the income and support they receive from their family members living and working abroad, many of whom are in Singapore. With the restriction of movement and loss of income in Bangladesh, this support from abroad has moved from being valuable to being critical.

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