ICT organisation to raise funds to promote child health

Takoradi, April 11, GNA – A health and ICT-based fundraising organisation in Ghana, tHCare International, has developed an innovative fund-raising model to enable MTN, Tigo and Airtel, telecommunication companies, to raise funds to support interventions aimed at reducing infant mortality, and improving child health.

A statement signed by Mr. Zambaga Rufai Saminu, Media Consultant for tHCare, copied to the GNA in Takoradi on Wednesday, said the initiative would enable the telecommunication networks and their subscribers to donate 40 pesewas monthly by SMS texting to a short code.

It said donation of one Ghana Cedi monthly could also be sent through mobile banking services of the three networks.

The statement said the model could contribute towards the attainment of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 that seeks the reduction of infant mortality and improvement of child health.

It said the organization defrays medical bills of children suffering from childhood tumor, hole-in-heart and kidney problems.

The statement said the organisation’s effort had been recognised by the International Medical Volunteerism Committee USA.

It said the Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, Mr. Kingsley Mensah, had been invited as a guest speaker to the Fourth Global Health and Humanitarian Summit 2013 at the Emory University, in Atlanta Georgia.

The statement said Mr. Mensah would present a paper on the theme, ‘The Role of ICT in financing health care in Ghana’ on at the summit.