New digital app to educate people on health issues

By Inspirer Staff.

The new app dubbed ‘Muganga online’ has been launched to help educate population on health issues.

It was launched by Goodrich Life Care, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Rwanda National police and other partners.

The application is timely since during this time where no meetings and training are allowed, it’s hard to pass any information to the public through mass gatherings and conferences.

‘Muganga online’ app  can be accessed by simply asking questions on different health issues via text messages using a phone, regardless of whether it’s a smartphone or not.

This  innovative technology  is expected to help on behavior change (human being transformation), to prevent covid19, help  the youth abstain from addictions like drug abuse, alcohol, assault, unwanted pregnancies,  prevent diseases  as well as reducing malnutrition and stunting, through text messages.

According to statistics, Rwanda‘s mobile telephone penetration was at 75.5 percent in November 2018.

Dr. Francis Habumugisha, PhD CEO and founder of Goodrich Group, says digital Health is expected to spread out to a big number of people because most of them use mobile phones.

The ministry of health provides all information regarding preventions on COVID 19, HIV/Aids, and Hepatitis while other partners provide information on unwanted pregnancies, drug abuse among others to be displayed on Muganga online app.

“The purpose is to build a safe family by using mindset change on top of other current channels the ministry of health is using to pass information to the public,” says Habumugisha.

This can be done through dialing *141# follow the instructions, and learn whatever they want to, through text messages.

They are working with AIRTEL and MTN, where a text cost only RWF 65.

For young people, he says they can use the app to get all information on how to abstain from sex most importantly how to prevent early pregnancies.

“This particular group of people is not at school where some of this information was being provided, on top of parents educating their children, young people can get whatever information they need regarding preventions on common issues affecting them through the app,” he says.

 

 

There will be also some quizzes for the users and prizes to those who have won to encourage more people to use the app for the sake of improving their health.

According to officials from RBC, this is also an opportunity for those who don’t have TV and radio to get vital information, and those who don’t have time to listen or watch news related to health.

Julien Mahoro Niyingabire, Director of Media Relations at Ministry of Health says that when you analyze the context of what the app is offering to the public, it’s actually what the ministry needs them to know.

“This is a good initiative because it’s made very accessible to everyone, it’s a dialing program where people will only have options to choosing on what they want,” he says.

All this information on health conditions and ailment, he says contain all areas of interventions at the ministry of health, therefore, it’s helping in educating the population.

As a communication expert, he believes that whenever you give out information, there must be some results at the end of it.

Therefore, after this, there are high possibilities of getting some behavior changes regarding the way people take their preventive decisions on diseases since they have that kind of information.

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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