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Utilizing mobile technology to transform family health in Sub-Saharan Africa by educating mothers via SMS.

$240 Raised out of $3,000
-850 Days Remaining

What is the urgent social or environmental need you are addressing?

Each year more than one million mothers give birth in Kenya, 46% of these are not within a hospital setting. For parents in marginalized communities who have no access to medical facilities this can endanger the life of the mother and the child.


What is your solution to this need? Describe your business strategy

Toto Health enables mothers to early detect growth abnormalities from conception to when a child is 5 years using phones. On Mondays they equip the mother to monitor the growth of the child and on Thursdays they focus on the health of the mother. In addition, mothers can be referred to local institutions that can help them through Toto Health. They have also built a 2-way communication system where parents can interact with their panel of doctors for expert advice.


Convince us it will work. What milestones have you achieved?

Toto Health enables parents to detect abnormalities in their children to early enough to warrant intervention. For parents in marginalized communities who have no access to medical facilities this has proven to be life saving. Since their founding in 2014, Toto Health has registered more than 3,000 mothers and 500 community health volunteers. Each community health volunteer reaches out to 80 households making reach to more than 40,000 households in 6 months. In their first pilot, they reduced infant mortality from 31/100 to 18/100 in Embakasi Sub County. In early 2015 they are rolling out a partnership with Safaricom, Kenya’s largest telecom company, which will greatly expand their reach.


Malele Ngalu
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About Felix Kimaru

Felix drives the vision of Toto Health beyond the African continent, leading their fundraising mission and advocating for what they do within various forums in the continent. He graduated in MSc in Computer Science and worked within the tech community upon graduation. Felix has expertise in leadership and building innovative platforms suited for the African market.

About Malele Ngalu

Malele leads new partnerships with major telecommunications and new partner organisations. He is responsible for strategy development and implementation of Toto Health’s media plan, client service team, and public relations. Malele has a degree in Corporate Communications and Marketing, and worked within the startup scene as a Marketing Communication Manager with EWAMA Agency for 6 years.

Why is your team uniquely qualified to run this venture?

Toto Health’s CEO, Felix Kimaru, is a graduate in BSc in Computer Science and has more than 6 years building innovative platforms suited for the African market. Their main medical person Fonda Ruiter is a Certified Pediatrician graduated MSc in Pediatrician Physiotherapy and is doing a post graduate in Public Health with more than 10 years practice in Kenya and Ethiopia. Malele graduated in Corporate Communications and Marketing, with more than 6 years building partnerships and fundraising for various initiatives.