20 February 2019

Touch Foundation


Since 2013, Touch Foundation has worked with partners including the Tanzanian Government, Vodafone Foundation, Pathfinder International, D-tree International and others to save the lives of pregnant women and their newborns in priority hard-to-reach rural areas of Tanzania through our Mobilizing Maternal Health (MMH) program. MMH is a data-driven program focused on improving access to emergency referrals and transportation and strengthening the Tanzanian health system. MMH currently operates in 3 districts in the Lake Zone of Tanzania.

Touch Foundation commits to implement a second phase of MMH to scale the highest impact interventions across 8 districts in the Lake Zone. This includes our Emergency Transportation System (EmTS), which uses technological innovations through a mobile application supporting dispatchers to triage emergencies, identify and coordinate transport (either through ambulances or local drivers), and pay drivers automatically using mobile money. By 2020, we expect at least a 27% reduction in the number of maternal deaths in project support areas (based on data analysis from the first phase of the program), government adoption of the program, including operational oversight and cost, and a platform which can be expanded to support all emergencies and scaled nationally.

This commitment is valued at 1 million USD and will be implemented from 2017-2021.

Commitment Progress

Touch Foundation and our partners are scaling the Mobilizing Maternal Health (MMH) program to an entire region of Tanzania in order to expand access to emergency transportation services (EmTS) for pregnant women and newborns, and to strengthen the health system through healthcare worker training, infrastructure development and other interventions. The EmTS uses digital technology to arrange for transport of a patient facing an emergency to a health facility with either a community driver or an ambulance. Between October and December 2017, our emergency transportation system served 396 women with pregnancy-related emergencies and 83 newborns in three districts. Encouragingly, we have made significant progress in securing local government buy-in from the additional districts, a main goal for the success and sustainability of our program.