The Organization: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the United States federal government agency primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid. USAID seeks to “extend a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live in a free and democratic country.” USAID’s stated goals include providing “economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States”. It operates in Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and Eurasia.


The Relationship: With funding from USAID, we developed a custom reporting application that builds upon the SMS-based reporting functionality of GeoChat. Using an SMS-based Tuberculosis Lab Results Alert System, we are helping to increase the speed, efficiency and ease of reporting and treating patients affected with TB.  Real-time reporting means that patients with positive TB test results can be given medical treatment right away, as well as educated by village volunteers with specialized training about how to prevent spreading the disease to others. 

Website: www.usaid.gov