By Mable Nakibuuka
In a bid to bridge the gap between adolescent girls, women and mothers seeking family planning methods, a team of Ugandan Information and Communication Technology (ICT) experts have developed an app that helps consumers interact directly with service providers.
The app, known as ‘Talk To Me/Gamba Nanye’, is aimed at bridging the gap between women seeking Family Planning and Contraception solutions with service providers at accredited medical health facilities for easier service delivery. The App was launched on September 26th, 2020, during the commemoration of the World Contraception Day .
The commemoration of world contraception day and launch of Gamba Nanye app was graced by the District Health Officer Ibanda, the C/M LCV Ibanda Mr Kazwengye Melchedious and the chief guest who was the minister of Karamoja Affairs Eng. John Byabagambi.
Working under local Nongovernmental Organisation (NGO) Enforcement of Patients and Health Workers’ Rights (EPHWOR), the IT experts have since rolled out the ‘Talk To Me / Gamba Nanye’ app at health centres in the western Uganda District of Mbarara as part of their pilot project.
Sharon Lanyero, who is the Team Leader EPHWOR, told this website that this is an app developed by EPHWOR to eradicate the communication barrier between family planning seeking Women and the service providers.
“It translates Runyankole to English and vice-versa and makes it easy for women to make informed choices on the family planning method to use,” Lanyero said, as EPHWOR commemorated World Contraception Day September 26th, 2020.
The App also helps survivors of Rape and Defilement engage with the police and other duty bearers when reporting cases
She explained that preparations are under way to translate the app to other vernacular dialects like Luganda, Lusoga, Lunyoro, Lugisu, Acholi, Ateso and other indigenous languages such that Ugandans in other parts of the country can be able to access and utilise it for their benefit.
Lanyero revealed that the project is currently being implemented in partnership with the Mbarara Corporate Club and supported by the Global Fund for Women, although EPHWOR is negotiating with other partners, including the Ministry of Health to come on board.
She revealed that last week EPHWOR IT staff demonstrated to Health workers, Police and other stakeholders at Ruhooko HC IV in Ibanda District how the Talk to me/Gamba Nanye app operates, such that they could become familiar with it, although preparations are ongoing to hold similar demonstrations at health centres in other districts.