App spotlight – Tunza

We had a chance to talk to Vincent Odwako Anyanje of Chaguaplus Technologies Ltd about thier latest app ‘Tunza Mobile’. Take a look at the Q&A session below.

Hi Vincent, tell us a bit about yourself.

I hold  a Masters degree in Mobile Telecommunications and Innovation from Strathmore University. I an individual who is constantly seeking to expand knowledge and utilize experience. I am committed to learning, excellence, ethics and people. I am also an excellent communicator, a quick learner, and has well-honed administrative skills with great interest in business and passion for community services and positive change. Most important, I am a team player. By the virtue of these unique mix of work experience and status as a Strathmore University Business Information Technology graduate, I have offered unique skill set to various organizations in the IT fraternity. I have gained greater exposure to computer science and the business environment. Additionally, I havegained a wider scope of business organizations and how they are run or should be run. In a nutshell, I have been prepared to meet the demands in the modern business environment with wide knowledge of business management, technical skills and capacity to harness and implement IT strategies taking advantage of emerging ICT technologies.

Where is Chaguaplus Technologies Ltd located?

We are located in Nairobi, Kenya.

Is Tunza app a free or paid for app?

It’s a free app.

When was Tunza app created?

In October 2013

What type of App is it?

It is a native app

What category can you place the app?

It is in the health category

Describe your app in 50 or so words:

Tunza Mobile provides all round information on maternal health services and has a discussion forum to boost collaboration between health practitioners. The application also has SMS functionality to remind expectant mothers to go for antenatal checkups as well as provide health related campaigns and awareness.

What Platform is the App based upon:


What technology was used to create app?

The application was developed in PHP for command line interface and Java ME for client side graphical user interface plus other scripting languages such as Ajax. For SMS functionality, Ozeki messaging server was used.

Were there any challenges encountered in creating app?

Not being able to extend the app to other platforms in order to provide a more rewarding opportunity to all people

Why should people use your app?

If implemented strategically and systematically, the application can revolutionize health outcomes, providing virtually anyone with mobile phone with medical expertise and knowledge in real-time. This is a boon particularly to those marginalized or living in remote areas, who would otherwise not have access to maternal health information, service or care.

We wish the Tunza app team all the best as they continue promoting the app.




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