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Mobile Mandate: Tribute to Cultural Connectors

Our team of designers on the ground in Zambia discover that meaningful connections and conversations can be as valuable as days of field work.

Given all the broken-down infrastructure, dirt roads, unmarked streets, potholes the size of small swimming pools and other hindrances to getting around in Zambia, our trip was pretty cushy when it comes to transportation. There are three ways to get around in rural Zambia, and 99.9% of people are on foot or on a bike. For longer distances, a handful of people brave a rather hodgepodge bus system. A few people - very few - have a car. 

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Mobile Mandate: SMS Anthills


A large part of our research in Zambia is focused around an SMS communication system for healthcare. This system relies on clinic workers and community volunteers to interface with various services on their personal phones via SMS (users are reverse billed, so they do not pay from their own pockets). When we asked Steve, a Health Officer in the rural district of Kawambwa, to show us how he uses his phone to enable his work, he told us that he gets no network coverage at the clinic itself so his phone is kept at home.

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Mobile Mandate: On the Ground In Zambia

frog design has joined with UNICEF as the organization’s lead design and innovation partner on Project Mwana, a major mHealth initiative to improve maternal and infant health and welfare in peri-urban Malawi and rural Zambia. This partnership is part of Mobile Mandate, a new initiative from frog and its parent company Aricent to leverage mobile technology for social innovation. A team of three designers have been in the field in Zambia with UNICEF researching the use of SMS for healthcare appications in extremely rural locations. You can follow the team’s experience in this blog series.

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Mobile Mandate: UNICEF and frog, Together at Last

Today we’re excited to announce our collaboration with UNICEF as the organization’s lead design and innovation partner on Project Mwana, a major mHealth initiative to improve maternal and infant health and welfare in peri-urban Malawi and rural Zambia.