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A collaboration between the Israeli Tallit and a British company makes it possible to save thousands of babies in Africa from AIDS

The project, funded by the Clinton Foundation, has already saved about 20,000 babies in Mozambique

Tallit's SMS printer helps treat AIDS patients in Africa
Tallit's SMS printer helps treat AIDS patients in Africa

A collaboration between Tallit and the British company Sequoia Technology resulted in the development of a solution that allows rural clinics in Africa to quickly, wirelessly, receive results of AIDS tests of pregnant women. This allows women to receive drug treatment at a very early stage compared to the situation until now, which reduces the risk of the fetus contracting AIDS from 40% to less than 1%.

The project, financed by the Clinton Foundation, has already saved about 20,000 babies in Mozambique. So far close to half of the babies born in Mozambique with AIDS have died in the first two years of their lives. The program, which has so far been implemented in 400 clinics in Mozambique, is now being expanded to nine other African countries, including Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda and other countries.

Sequoia Technology has developed a small and inexpensive printer that includes compatibility for SMS communication. A cellular module developed by Talit allows the SMS printers to send the laboratory results securely, via a cellular network, to the printers installed in rural clinics.

"Most of these clinics are inaccessible by car, have no postal services and no landlines," said Nick Lidington, CEO of Sequoia Technology. "The challenge was to use the only reliable method of communication prevalent in Africa - the cellular network. The printer and the software we developed are gaining interest among health ministries in Africa. They can be applied to obtain laboratory results related to other diseases as well, such as malaria and tuberculosis, so that life-saving treatment can be started at a much earlier stage."

Liddington added that the software included in the system can allow health offices to locate areas where disease is breaking out, and allocate medical resources accordingly.

"The project is an example of the ability of communication between machines to help in the medical field and even save lives," said Gideon Rogovski, CEO of Talit Israel. "The great contribution of cellular modules is not limited only to third world countries, where the infrastructure is poor, but can also help in advanced countries, such as sending alerts and reminders to patients, transmitting the results of home testing devices to clinics and hospitals, and more."

"Tillit was the natural partner in this project thanks to its quality modules and expertise in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications," said Tim Clayton, director of Sequoia's wireless communications business. "During the pilot we had to prove to the Clinton Foundation that we could perform 100,000 tests without losing a single bit of data. We did it with distinction."

About Sequoia Technology

Sequoia Technology, whose management resides in Great Britain, provides technological solutions in the fields of telemetry and cellular modules for communication between machines, terminals and antennas. Sequoia Technology provides advanced technology, including logistical and technical support, to a wide variety of customers. The company also includes divisions in the fields of silicon, HD video and sensors. More details can be found on the company's website

About Tallit

Telit Wireless Solutions, a subsidiary of Telit Communications PLC (AIM: TCM) is a leading international company specializing in wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication technology. Talit is the only company in the world that offers communication modules for all wireless technologies. The company develops, manufactures and markets modules for cellular applications GSM/GPRS, EDGE, UMTS/WEDGE/HSPA, CDMA and RF applications used in short range communication. M2M applications optimize business processes by allowing machines, equipment and vehicles to communicate with each other via mobile networks.

Tallit's solutions are installed in 56 countries around the world and marketed through Tallit's offices in Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Korea, Poland, Spain, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, Great Britain and the USA. Talit's global network of distributors includes experts in wireless technologies.

The founder and CEO of Talit is Uzi Katz. The company's development center in Israel has about 90 employees.


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