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Vodacom, Kaduna to launch ICT for development initiative

By Chike Onwuegbuchi
10 February 2017   |   3:41 am
Vodacom has partnered with Kaduna State in Nigeria to launch an ICT for development initiative.

Vodacom has partnered with Kaduna State in Nigeria to launch an ICT for development initiative.

The project will support mass service delivery in healthcare, education and agriculture through the deployment of tailored ICT solutions to promote greater efficiency in each sector.

The first, ‘SMS for Life 2.0’, is a mobile technology-based healthcare program in Kaduna State which aims to improve the delivery of healthcare for citizens who access public health services as well as increase the availability of chronic or essential medication by monitoring drug stock levels.

Vodacom is the technology partner for the initiative, which is a public-private partnership with Novartis and the Kaduna State Ministry of Health.

Vodacom has commenced with the training and deployment of SMS for Life 2.0 in Kaduna, with over 250 facilities using the platform to date. The initiative will be implemented in all thirty six states.

Vuyani Jarana, chief officer of Vodacom Business, said “Vodacom is taking the lead in leveraging mobile technology to address healthcare, education and agricultural challenges in Africa. We see technology playing an increasing role as an enabler of economic development even as governments on the continent are able to leapfrog developmental stages. Vodacom’s critical role through its partnership with Kaduna State is to help improve service delivery in the region, supporting healthy, well-educated and economically active citizens.”

Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, welcomed the progressive evolution of the partnership with Vodacom.

“The Kaduna State Government is delighted to apply technology to advance governance and the delivery of public services. Working with Vodacom, we seek to further enhance service delivery, improve data collection and strengthen accountability.”