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Inside Tantine App Version 2.0

The year 2020 is not just an ordinary year for Tantine. The Rwandese social enterprise will release version 2.0 of Tantine App. Before we end 2019, we sat down with our CEO and asked him what to expect in Tantine App Version 2.0. The Kinyarwanda only mobile app also has a website with similar content. From our conversation, we made a list of five major improvements in Tantine App, expected to be released in the first months of 2020.

  1. Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Services

Despite the efforts of government and partners, access to sexual and reproductive health services for young people and unmarried women remains to be a challenge. In partnership with Rise Up, a US-based NGO, Tantine is leveraging the use of technology to increase access to SRH services. In the new Tantine App, young people will be able to schedule an appointment for SRH services in partner clinics. Through this partnership, partner clinics will also be empowered to delivering youth-friendly services. The project aims at providing quick services without queuing to clinics. But most importantly, we aim at doing it more privately and securely.

  1. Asking Doctors Online

The current Tantine App provides only the opportunity to ask SRH related questions through moderated forum discussions. With the new version, in addition to improved forum discussions, young people will be able to ask questions directly to healthcare professions. At the launch, Tantine will start with five doctors (General Practitioners) and two nurses. Note that due to unlimited resources, our healthcare professionals will be having a full-time job. Consequently, young people may not get an immediate response. Tantine leadership is working tirelessly on a plan which will allow young people to get quick answers to their questions. The current plan is that questions will be answered not later than 5 hours.

  1. Pregnancy Monitor

Since the time of conception till delivery of your baby, Tantine will be your trusted Online Shangazi that you have always wanted. As a Tante guides on her first-time pregnant daughter, Tantine app will be doing the same. The app gives an idea of how the baby looks like according to the duration of the pregnancy. It also provides useful messages according to weeks and trimesters of pregnancy. Among the messages include; Things to avoid, Advice to follow, Warning signs and Antenatal care remainders. Tantine strongly believes that this will significantly contribute to early child development and reduction of maternal and child mortality.

  1. Sexual and Reproductive Health Glossary

This was probably the most difficult to develop. The new Tantine version has a glossary of terms and words that people use in the area of sexual and reproductive health in Kinyarwanda. The team had conducted extensive research among the medical community and come up with a small glossary so that users can easily get a small definition of a term that they don’t understand.

  1. Learning sexual and reproductive health using Videos

Video content is the future. Learning by reading is difficult. Sometimes, sexual and reproductive health topics are boring and to attract young people’s attention is difficult. In partnership with Rwanda Red Cross under support from the Belgian Government, Tantine developed 50 sexual and reproductive health-related educational videos. Videos are now on YouTube and will be embedded in the content of Tantine App version 2.0. There will also a major improvement in the content arrangement on Tantine App.

 

The development of Tantine App is in its final stages. An aggressive testing phase will follow. The app is expected to be on the market in the first months of 2020. Tantine App was firstly developed in 2016 after emerging among the winners of iAccelerator competition organized by Imbuto Foundation and UNFPA Rwanda. Apart from being accessed by Rwanda’s youth in the community, Tantine App is also being used by young people in Mahama and Nyabiheke refugee camps.

For direct inquiries regarding Tantine App, please contact directly our CEO at sylvain@tantine.org

 

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