The project was launched in April 2016 and started in Botswana where SAFOD is headquartered. The first year involved designing and testing the technology system with a small group of participants to ensure it is useful and understandable by both persons with disabilities and organizations involved in supplying AT.
In the second and third year of the project, the lessons learned from Botswana were used to expand the use of the system throughout Botswana and into nine countries in Southern Africa (Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa, and Namibia).
Within 3 years, the AT-Info-Map system plans to have over 1500 active users across southern Africa who are providing information on AT availability, and using this informing to increase AT access.It is estimated that at least half of the 23 million persons with disabilities in Southern Africa (11.5 million) are in need AT products. In the long-term, this information system can be used to help increase AT access to meet this large and growing need.