• SA Partners


    "MAMA gives us a platform to reach every pregnant
    and new mom in South Africa, through the phone in her
    hand. This phone becomes her guide, her inspiration,
    her source of life-saving information."
    Marcha Bekker, Head of Business Development

  • SA Partners


    "MAMA provides an innovative way to respond
    to the MCH needs of pregnant women and new
    mothers who use the South African public health
    Eugene Sickle, Deputy Executive Director

  • SA Partners


    "The use of mobile technology in the MAMA
    project will make health awareness accessible
    to all women, regardless of their geographical
    location. Furthermore, most maternal and child
    mortality incidents are preventable, and
    awareness through the use of mobile technology
    will play a key role in addressing these incidents."
    Maya Makanjee,
    Vodacom’s Chief Officer: Corporate Affairs

Mobile Technologies

Praekelt Foundation

Praekelt Foundation builds open source, scalable mobile technologies and solutions to improve the wellbeing of people living in poverty. Our programmes have reached over 50 million people across 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Praekelt Foundation’s mobile projects have 5 focus areas:

  • mHealth
  • mLearning
  • mGovernance
  • mEmployment
  • mAgri


Content and Government Liaison


Develop and implement technical systems for health sector, particularly using mobile technology.

  • Started as an idea at UCT 2000
  • Legally formed in 2004
  • Based in Cape Town (at CPUT)
  • 22 staff members including:
    1. Developers
    2. Business Analysts
    3. Researchers
    4. Support & Trainers
  • Open Source
  • Fully BEE compliant



Clinical and M&E


  • The RHRU was formed in 1994
  • In October 2010, RHRU merged with Enhancing Children's HIV Outcomes (ECHO, a division of WHC)
  • WRHI was formed in October 2010 when Wits University formally designated the then Reproductive Health and HIV Research Unit (RHRU) as an Institute of the University
  • Headquarters in Hillbrow, Johannesburg but work nationally and regionally.
  • 600 staff members





Thanks also to

The Mama Global Family