As part of a global PSI/ Minbuza Partnership (“Ignite”) and in collaboration with OHMaSS / PSI Haiti, Triggerise has been prototyping and planning the launch of a Companion for early 2017. This 3-month health membership for young adolescent girls is designed to encourage the uptake of a contraceptive methods. The Companion offers a consultation, a contraceptive method, and discounts on hygiene products such as sanitary pads. The Companion will be distributed through community agents and an organically grown network of ambassadors, all of whom can earn Tiko.
Connectivity was a major issue in Nigeria in 2016, delaying several projects and eventually compromising a pilot project with SFH Nigeria. All was resolved in November 2016. In 2017, we will test some prototypes and explore several other Nigeria-based partnerships.
Operationally, South Africa is a small laboratory for Triggerise. As such, in 2016 we have explored several opportunities that brought us into new fields: delivery of antiretroviral therapy for most in need populations, distribution of fortified food, promotion of efficient cookstoves and referrals for post-abortion care.
We selected the distribution of fortified food as a foundation to launch PRO in selected locations in South Africa because of the existing demand for such products and the identification of a potential supplier, DSM/Sizanani. Operations are starting in February 2017 in Soweto with a basic product mix including hygiene and food items – PRO Agents will earn rewards and commissions for their sales of fortified maize porridge and fortified drinks.