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MAMA Celebrates 2nd Anniversary with Launch of its Second National Mobile Health Program
Date:5/9/2013

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) May 09, 2013

The Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) kicked off its two-year anniversary early with the national launch of MAMA South Africa today, its second mobile health program. MAMA is a global partnership, launched on Mother’s Day 2011 by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which provides free, adaptable mobile messages to 140 organizations in 50 countries. These messages give mothers around the world access to culturally sensitive, timely health information through their mobile phones.

“The launch of MAMA South Africa is a milestone for the partnership, and a great way to celebrate our two-year anniversary," said Kirsten Gagnaire, Global Director of MAMA. "Both MAMA South Africa and MAMA Bangladesh, which launched last year, are delivering a suite of innovative mobile content that’s helping more moms and their family members make informed healthcare decisions.”

The national launch of MAMA South Africa will help more mothers living with HIV through its new partnership with the Vodacom Foundation. The foundation will host MAMA South Africa’s mobile web, askmama.mobi on their platform, making information accessible free-of-charge to more than 25 million Vodacom customers. The foundation will also support the free SMS program offered through two inner-city clinics in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. In South Africa, MAMA uses multiple mobile channels, including SMS, mobile web (askmama.mobi), and USSD (an interactive quiz service)- to reach mothers.

In Bangladesh, MAMA’s mobile service, known as ‘Aponjon’ or the dear one, completed a successful national launch in 2012, enrolling almost 60,000 moms and training more than 1,000 community health workers to encourage mothers and their family members to use the mobile messages. MAMA Bangladesh is on track to reach two millions moms by 2015.

“Over the past two years, we have heard from mothers in Bangladesh,
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