TIST: Rising carbon price enables more rapid growth of TIST tree growing in Africa and India
Growth of TIST’s pro-poor tree growing activities in sub-Saharan Africa and India has been held back in the past by the low price paid in the informal carbon market for its “high quality” carbon credits. The greater recent awareness of the need to act to address climate change has led to a large increase in 2020 in the price paid to purchase TIST’s carbon credits. The resulting increase in resources has enabled TIST to adopt a more ambitious expansion plan aimed at substantial further increases in the currently 90,000 farmer beneficiaries and the currently 18 million trees grown.
Jacaranda celebrate reaching 1 million expectant and new mothers with their AI-enabled digital health tool, PROMPTS!
This year started with a milestone for Jacaranda who enrolled 1 million mothers and empowered them with information through PROMPTS. Their two-way helpdesk service now responds to thousands of messages from mothers every day, and innovations to the AI-powered technology supporting PROMPTS means they are able to identify and refer urgent cases to care in minutes.
Jacaranda apply a data-driven approach to identifying danger signs and referring mothers at risk of adverse outcomes to care at the right time and place. Through PROMPTS data, they've identified a number of key insights to more quickly and intuitively put mothers in need on the appropriate care pathway. Increasing a woman’s ability to make and act on decisions related to her health is pivotal for improved health outcomes. The data and feedback Jacaranda collect from women on the platform is also giving them agency within the health system. Jacaranda share feedback via ‘scorecards’ with their network of 1,000+ partner facilities and 20 local county governments, ensuring mums receive better quality of care from providers and are served by systems responsive to their needs.
As Jacaranda secure greater buy-in from local governments, expand their technology infrastructure, and grow their team in Kenya, they're working with national and private sector partners to make PROMPTS a national digital health solution that equitably supports mothers across different contexts and circumstances.
PROMPTS is featured as part of a wider commission report produced by The Lancet and Financial Times exploring the interface of digital and health transformations, and the use of artificial intelligence to accelerate progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
All year, TIST have witnessed dedication, patience, and generosity throughout their community. As the pandemic extended into its second year, the TIST Farmers looked beyond individual needs and focused on the wider community - and the truth of the old adage "It takes a village" has never been more apparent.
TIST Farmer Modi Joseph of Uganda shares this collaborative mindset, observing that the TIST Program “has really improved our lives here within our village.” As a community, they now have energy saving stoves, access to firewood, and a more reliable food supply. As an individual, he now has access to medicine and his own food supply because of the variety of species he has planted. Since 2019, Mr. Modi's Small Group, Nekoyedde Tukole D, has planted 990 trees.
By participating in TIST Cluster Meetings, he has not only learned about energy saving stove construction, but also transplanting, pruning, and grove management. These meetings facilitate farmer-to-farmer learning and benefit the wide network of TIST participants. Modi Joseph sums it up well: “This project has changed our lives.” Learn more about Joseph's story here.
TIST Farmers earn Triple Gold Certification demonstrating exceptional community, climate, and biodiversity benefits!
In 2021, TIST Farmers earned Triple Gold Certification for the TIST Program, demonstrating exceptional community, climate, and biodiversity benefits! This certification is a direct result of TIST Farmers’ activities extending beyond the individual and into the local areas. In Kenya, TIST Leadership launched the TIST Education Fund to support the students in the TIST community who most need funding to continue their education, and will support students in other TIST operating countries in 2022!
Using tools such as www.Join.TIST.org and the TIST Learning Center, TIST Champions are expanding the Program through physical and digital farmer-to-farmer connections. New Small Groups are steadily joining the Program with approximately 1,000 new farmers joining every month and almost 3,000 Small Groups joining TIST in 2021!
In 2022, TIST Farmers will continue to improve their farms, communities, and the planet. If you would like to make a difference and support TIST's accomplishments you can donate at program.tist.org/donate
Over the last few weeks, Jacaranda's Mentorship team have been busy running three centralized trainings in emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) as part of a wider randomized control trial determining the effectiveness of their package of solutions on patient and provider outcomes. Through practical application of classroom learning, nurses from twenty facilities are now better equipped to offer mums dignified, competent emergency care.
Held across Kisi, Meru, and Kajiado Counties, the trainings helped build not only competence, but also confidence, with mentors learning the principles of respectful care, bereavement support, and a roster of new communications skills - both when talking to the mums they care for and reporting on their condition. Uniting providers across disciplines, levels, facilities, and counties, these trainings typify Jacaranda's innovative mentorship model; blending vibrant discussion, theory, and practical simulation of emergency scenarios to help address common bottlenecks to quality care provision across thirteen counties in Kenya. Here's the full story...