The SMS for Health program enables users across all levels of the pharmaceutical supply chain to communicate via text message with a central database that tracks drug availability. The program also tracks high-priority health events that occur at the clinic level, such as the number of patients who present with malaria, pneumonia and maternal health issues. Working with Pfizer and NGO International Health Partners (IHP), Vodafone designed and managed a seven-month pilot in The Gambia to monitor disease rates and the top ten health events, plus drug stocks and expiry dates for over 20 medicines. Its objective was to collect and share real-time information about stock levels for each drug in order to reduce stock-outs, improve supply chain efficiencies and, ultimately, ensure treatments were distributed accurately and swiftly. Due to the success of the pilot, the “SMS for Health” service is now an ongoing implementation.