RapidSMS Rwanda

A mobile technology tool that saves lives by tracking pregnant women, newborns and children in 15,000 villages

Project start date : 15/06/2009

Beneficiary country : Rwanda Uganda Malawi Tanzania, United Republic of

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Mother and child health
  • Primary healthcare
  • Nutrition
  • Malaria/paludism
  • Infectious diseases
  • Vaccination
  • Emergency services
  • Other

Fields of application

  • Health professional training
  • Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations)
  • Information, education and communication for behaviour change (IEC)
  • Patient monitoring and medical data

Stage of development

  • Routine project/operational

Financing method

  • Public (grant/subsidies, call for proposals/call for tender, etc.)
  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)
  • NGO
  • Other (please specify)

Area where the project is utilised

  • International (in several countries)

Economic model(s)

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)
  • Pregnant women
  • Young children (0-5 years)
  • Other

Project objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Decreased morbidity
  • Improved treatment
  • Other (please explain)

Materials used

  • Cellular (mobile) phone
  • Computer
  • Connected objects
  • Other (specify)

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)
  • Internet
  • Other (please specify)

About the sponsor


UNICEF mandate is to ensure all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential to the benefit of a better world

Sector : Institutions (Communities, public authorities, NGOs, foundations, etc.)

Country of origin : Rwanda

Contact : Sponsor website Project website

Offline use


Open source


Open data


Independent evaluation

Yes, evaluated independently


  • Ministry of Health

    Institutions (Communities, public authorities, NGOs, foundations, etc.)

  • Access Project

    Healthcare (professionals and structures)

  • now changes name to Access to Health

    Institutions (Communities, public authorities, NGOs, foundations, etc.)


    Industrial (Startups, enterprises, etc.)

  • Pivot Access