MatsSoft wins plaudits for lifesaving SMS For Health project

MatsSoft, a UK-based provider of workflow and communications solutions, was commended by International Health Partners (IHP) at the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

The company’s process tracking technology has played a crucial role in ensuring the success of IHP’s ground breaking medical initiative in the Gambia – SMS For Health.

MatsSoft Project Manager Kash Baga was among the key partners invited to join IHP at the House of Lords as the organisation received the prestigious innovation award for its work over the past five years, supporting medical aid organisations that serve children and adults in deprived communities around the world.

Harnessing mobile communications, MatsSoft created and implemented a system that uses SMS text messaging to deliver updates on the stock levels of key drugs across the supply chain, including remote health clinics, to reduce the risk of supplies running out.

SMS For Health not only tracks medication supplies and monitors the expiry data of pre-specified medicines, but also enables the logging and sharing of data on the incidence of particular diseases and the types of treatment provided in 55 health facilities in the Gambia.

MatsSoft CEO Martin Scovell said: “We were very pleased to work with IHP on this fantastic initiative and to know that our dynamic software platform has contributed towards saving lives is the greatest possible reward. However, to receive recognition at the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is an incredible thrill for us all, and particularly for Kash, for his continued hard work and dedication in support of this vital project.”