The Vision of Cell-Life is to improve the lives of people infected and affected by HIV in South Africa through appropriate use of technology.
We believe that we can only successfully combat the HIV pandemic if we share our knowledge and experience widely and we have therefore developed a number of technology applications that provide innovative, simple, and cost-effective tools for the management of HIV. All of our solutions are created as Open Source software. The code can be modified by anyone, allowing customisation, interoperability and integration. The software can be downloaded for free from the website. Cell-Life can provide the service of implementation and training which will incur costs.
Cell-Life is a not-for-profit company (a Section 21 Company in South African law) Reg No. 2004/000709/08.
Cell-life started as a research project at the University of Cape Town in 2001. The founding directors were Ulrike Rivett, Jon Tapson and Jevon Davies. Cell-Life developed in partnership with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where it is now based. Cell-Life became a separate company in 2005. Initially the main product of Cell-Life was 'Aftercare', a cellphone system linking nurses and home-based carers treating HIV+ patients in Gugulethu and elsewhere. In response to a request from the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation to assist the management of ARV dispensing, the Intelligent Dispensing of ARVs (iDART) system was developed which in 2009 is in over 20 clinics dispensing drugs to more than 45,000 patients. Cell-Life has continued to work with cell-phone data capture, in 2007 being a founder member of the 'Open ROSA' consortium for mobile data capture. In 2007 we launched the Cellphone for HIV project, exploring the range of applications for information, communication and interactive services to support the HIV sector.
* Technology Top 100 Awards winner 2005
* Technology Top 100 Awards winner 2006
* Impumelelo Innovations Awards Trust 2007