Mobile ecosystem to improve maternal and child health in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 July 2014

WGemalto – the world leader in digital security, has said it will provide its support to the GSMA Pan-African mHealth Initiative (PAMI), a mobile ecosystem that aims to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa.

Acting as one of the first leading partners in this ambitious undertaking, Gemalto is contributing its digital security expertise to two key mHealth programs: the United Nations Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy and the Global Nutrition for Growth Compact.

GSMA’s PAMI brings together stakeholders from the mobile and health industries, as well as from the public sector.

The project will leverage a wide range of communications products, solutions and infrastructures to deliver sustainable and effective mHealth support that meets the needs of over 15 million pregnant women and mothers with children under five years old.

The first phase of the initiative will be launched across seven countries; Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia, in September 2014.

This will be extended to a further four countries – Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania in early 2015.

Gemalto will help bring mHealth and nutrition services to the masses dynamically, through its advanced SmartMessage interactive messaging solution, leveraging its existing relationships with mobile operators across the region.

The aim is to simplify the relationships between patients and health stakeholders to deliver targeted nutritional and health advice via mobile phones.

gemalto “As the world is becoming ever more digital and wireless, we are thrilled to see our solutions being used to support a noble social cause with this initiative”, commented Philippe Vallée, Chief Operating Officer at Gemalto.

He said that: “There can surely be no clearer illustration of the potential of mobile solutions to fundamentally change the expectations and outcomes of millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.

It includes handset makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities.

The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security (http://www.gemalto.com/companyinfo/digital_security.html) with 2013 annual revenues of €2.4 billion and more than 12,000 employees operating out of 85 offices and 25 research and software development centers, located in 44 countries.

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