Health projects

We believe that people who are affected by health conditions should have the right and the means to take part in the development of solutions.

We pioneer approaches that change the balance of power between citizens and healthcare systems.



Project Khuluma aims to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of using text messaging as a means for social networking and support among adolescents living with HIV in South Africa. Khuluma means ‘to speak’ in Zulu but is widely understood by speakers of many other languages across South Africa – SMS support groups will allow people to Khuluma with others in similar situations to themselves and ultimately improve their health outcomes. Read more…



Project Patojitos (or “little kids” in spanish from Guatemala) is a four month pilot project that aims to study the impact of ICTs on health service delivery in remote and underserved areas. Patojitos is part of the Foundation’s strategy to build more of an evidence base on the impact that mHealth interventions can have for those who are socially isolated or in need of ongoing support. Read more…



SHM Foundation in partnership with Body & Soul completed a pilot that created support networks for parents of HIV positive children in London. Body & Soul is a pioneering charity that supports children, young people and families who are living with or closely affected by HIV in the UK. Read more…



Project Kopano was set up following the success of Project Zumbido in Mexico. The three-month pilot project was established in February 2010. Project Kopano aimed to support programmes tackling prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV in Pretoria, South Africa. This support was offered by giving women access to mobile phones where they could communicate in a group via SMS about issues affecting their lives during the critical period of their pregnancy Read more...



Project Zumbido used group mobile phone communication via SMS to address some of the challenges faced by those living with HIV/AIDS in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.

In the past few years, drug treatments have been shown to have considerable effect in helping to prolong and improve the quality of life of those living with HIV/AIDS. The challenge that many countries like Mexico are now facing, is how to provide the right support systems and information, particularly for those in rural areas. Read more…

About us

The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation was set up in 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.

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