In a quest to assist government in reducing maternal deaths, premier mobile service provider TNM, in partnership with mHealth Alliance have launched mobile health service called Thanzi Lathu.
Thanzi Lathu, which literary means “My Health” will give TNM customers the opportunity to receive maternal medical tips via SMS on a daily basis. mHealth Alliance is a non-profit organisation that advocates for health services.
Announcing the launch of the service, TNM’s Chief Officer (Consumer Services) Daniel Makata said the initiative demonstrates the company’s commitment to complementing government efforts of reducing maternal death in the country.
“As a patriotic Malawian company, TNM is very passionate about the well-being of mothers and children and wishes to leverage on its mobile and ICT capability to Malawians to help save lives,” said Makata.
Makata said the service aims at creating a medically informed society of TNM customers as the use of mobile technology will provide medical support especially for women in motherhood.
“The core target for Thanzi Lathu is to address maternal health hence messages will be primarily targeted for women in motherhood and of course family members in support of such a great cause such as husbands or even siblings who can add value to the good health of women in motherhood,” he said
He reaffirmed TNM’s commitment to assisting government in the provision of quality health services in the country, especially in rural areas.
“We feel obliged to play our part in assisting government meet some of the social needs such as health. The company is aware of the numerous challenges that the health sector faces which require a joint effort both from government and the private sector,” he noted.
Malawi has one of the highest maternal mortality rate globally, currently estimated at 574 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births and lack of information remains one of contributing factors.
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