Vodafone, Marie Stopes to Boost Reproductive Health Care

Telecom service provider Vodafone Uganda has partnered with Marie Stopes Uganda and Hostalite Cyber Academy to develop technology solutions for easy accessibility of health care services.

The Health App Challenge (hackathon) will see at least 60 students from 12 universities in Uganda compete to develop a mobile Application which will create awareness and provide information on reproductive health.

On Wednesday, treat Vodafone Marketing Manager Jackie Namara told a news conference that ICT facilitates the decentralization of health care from primary and secondary care facilities to the home environment. This she said will relieve patients costs through timely diagnosis and interventions.

“We are pleased to partner with Marie Stopes and Hostalite Ltd to make this hackathon a reality because we believe ICT is critical in the delivery of health services information, more about ” said Namara.

Vodafone has invested a total of Ugshs 8M into the health App challenge.

The two day hackathon slated to take place on May 13 and 14 at Uganda museum will bring together programers to create Apps with the supervision of mentors.
Dickson Mushabe the Hostalite Ltd Regional Manager for East Africa said the 60 participants will be divided in groups of 4 and that the winning App will undergo 3 months incubation at the Hostalite Academy.

Faith Kyateka the Communications Manager at Marie Stopes Uganda said such technological solutions will bridge the information gap that exists within the young people who constitute a big portion of the population.

“We continue to experience challenges in high teenage pregnancies, adiposity high rates in school drop outs as well as an escalation in HIV/AIDS infections. For this to reduce, we must continue to innovate,” she told journalists.


She explained that statistics point to increased sexual activity among university students who often have less bargaining power and are vulnerable. This according to Kyateka is attributed majorly to lack of information on sexual related issues.

Marie Stopes has supported the Challenge with a total of Ugshs 7.5M as well as free medical insurance cards for the 4 top winners.

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