Tanzania: An open source 'Uber-approach' to maternal mortality

How Vodafone EmTS is providing Uber-like ambulance system to cut maternal mortality in Tanzania.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Tanzania is among the 30 countries with the highest maternal mortality ratios (MMR) in the world. It had an estimated 8,200 maternal deaths in 2015.

Vodafone Foundation’s new Emergency Transportation System (EmTS) is looking to counteract this. It works by combining technological innovations, public health interventions, private sector solutions and community engagement to provide a transportation program commonly referred to as “Ambulance Taxi” service or “Uber for the Pregnant” in Tanzania.

All local women in labour need is access to any phone, Carrie Cafaro, the Vodafone Group Foundation’s Head of Programme Implementation (Africa), explains to IDG Connect.