UNICEF and Safaricom have launched a mobile platform that allows users to access health-related information.
The Internet of Good Things in Kenya is an initiative of UNICEF that is currently available in 60 countries helping to bridge the digital divide and build knowledge societies.
Internet of Good Things as a platform hosts mobile-packaged content from UNICEF and its partners, designed to make life-saving and life-improving information available at no cost – even on low-end devices, and basic web-enabled mobile phones.
By providing greater access to information and tools to provide feedback, Internet of Good Things also allows youth and citizens to take part in critical discussions and voice their opinions.
In Kenya, Internet of Good Things is made accessible free of data charges by Safaricom, at https://ke.goodinternet.org/.
To use Internet of Good Things Kenya without data charges, users should access the site with a Safaricom SIM card. Browsing the site will not deduct airtime from their balance.
.@UNICEFKenya together with @SafaricomPLC have officially launched #InternetOfGoodThingsKE! There’s life-saving information – from cholera to Ebola to malaria prevention – that can help lives. Access without data charges by Safaricom! https://t.co/ot43cYjPcV pic.twitter.com/kOv15pdTZA
— UNICEF Kenya (@UNICEFKenya) May 14, 2019
Many communities and individuals across Kenya do not have ways to easily, or without charge, access life-saving information. Adolescents, especially girls, are vulnerable to malnutrition, child marriage, female genital mutilation, physical, sexual and gender-based violence, poor access to health information, early and unintended pregnancy, HIV and AIDS and more. Without access to critical information, these challenges and vulnerabilities can continue to compound.
Through Internet of Good Things, access is provided to skills building, positive knowledge, emergency information, and anyone can be empowered to make more informed decisions around health, ending violence, environment protection, career advice and many other areas.
“We are pleased this collaboration between UNICEF Kenya and Safaricom will allow young people, caregivers and communities to access vital information and acquire new knowledge and skills – so that more children and young people can be protected from violence, harm and disease and can grow to their full potential. UNICEF is committed to reach the most disadvantaged populations and marginalized communities,” said Patrizia DiGiovanni, Officer-In-Charge of UNICEF Kenya.