Orange Botswana in partnership with Human Network International (HNI) has introduced the new mobile information service called 1-2-4.
HNI is a global development organisation dedicated to bringing the benefits of technology to individuals and organisations working in the developing world.
This mobile information service is aimed at providing critical information on Health, Agriculture, Weather, Wildlife and National Parks at no cost.
The service is freely available on Orange network in both Setswana and English via short text messages (sms) or voice calling.
Orange Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Benon said the system is designed to be user friendly even for people with low level of literacy and does not require the user to be technologically savvy. He said their subscribers would easily access essential information to keep them in tune with what matters the most at anytime, anywhere with the language they understand.
“This service was made by several stakeholders who provide accurate, useful and relevant content. Ministry of Health and Wellness provide health tips, Ministry of Agriculture information for farmers and Metrological Services will continuously update weather conditions. Department of National Parks will provide information on animal control, license and permits,” said Benon
Minister of Health and Wellness Dorcus Makgato said wellness of human being is their priority so this service will help them to spread the message, which can prevent diseases. It is also important because they will now be dealing with a knowledgeable clientele about diseases and their prevention, the minister further noted.
“Accessibility is one of the key issues and the service will help to address it. This will empower our nation with knowledge. People can access information on breast cancer, sanitation and hygiene and we will continue to add more topics. This development will complement our existing information dissemination platforms to reach out to all Batswana,” Makgato said