Mobile cash transfers help Tanzanians fight fistula

Kizito Makoye  – DW – Monday, 09 July 2014

Women fundraising
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While maternal healthcare in Tanzania is free, transport costs remain a huge challenge. One program is now using a mobile money service known as M-Pesa to bring women in need of fistula surgery to the hospital.

CCBRT’s communications manager Abdul Kajumulo told DW, that the money is sent via SMS to so-called fistula volunteer ambassadors. These may be former patients, health workers or staff of non-governmental organizations.

The ambassadors identify women suffering from fistula and then buy the bus tickets for them. When the patient arrives at the hospital, the ambassador receives Tsh.10,000 ($6 or 4.37 euro) as an incentive . . .

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