The Vodacom Foundation partnered with the Department of Health, CellLife, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI), Mezzanine and the Praekelt Foundation to develop an end-to-end intervention in fighting the HIV/Aids challenge.
The programme had the following elements:
Strengthening the Health System by providing health management system to public clinics.
The Vodacom Foundation partnered with Altron and Altech to refurbish an old hospital in Hillbrow, turning it into a modern maternity hospital that offers a free baby delivery service. It is the only hospital in the country run by a nurse
MAMA is a global movement that uses mobile technologies to improve the health of mothers in developing countries. In South Africa there was a project that minimised child mortality by using SMSs to guide mothers through their pregnancy, and for a year after the birth; it was developed in partnership with Wits RHI, the Praekelt Foundation, and the Department of Health. This programme has now been scaled up by the DoH, and launched as MomConnect.
In 2012 Vodacom announced the launch of the Vodafone 155, an affordable and easy-to-use mobile handset specifically designed for the elderly. This handset is also suitable for customers with low vision, hearing loss or limited dexterity.
Vodacom launched a pioneering initiative to make cellular communications accessible to all South Africans, especially people with disabilities. Under the banner of Vodacom "Specific Needs", SA's leading cellular network launched a "Speaking Phone", which enables sight-impaired people to access voice and text services via text-to-speech technology. Additionally, company information will be made available in audio format via "Tape Aids for the Blind". We’ve also established a call centre that will be accessible to people with disabilities.
The lives of 400 South African children with physical disabilities were changed when they received brand new wheelchairs, worth a total of R1.1-million, from Game Stores and Vodacom. The Game Vodacom Wheelchair Drive has already donated more than 4,200 wheelchairs, worth R8.4 million, over the past 11 years.