About us


Cell-Life is a non-profit (Section 18a) organisation that provides technology-based solutions for the management of HIV and AIDS and other infectious diseases such as TB. Cell-Life's primary function is to address health-related logistical challenges in developing countries, such as the provision and distribution of anti-retroviral treatments, continuous patient monitoring and evaluation, and collection and communication of relevant data. This is achieved through the use and development of innovative software supported by existing technologies such as mobile phones and the Internet, in a manner that is appropriate for a developing-country context.


Cell-Life also has expertise in the preparation of HIV- and health-related information and communication (IEC) materials tailored for delivery via mobile. We have also designed and run a range of formal research studies evaluating the use of mobiles in health (mhealth).


In order to become self sustainable, mHealth Solutions was formed as Cell-Life’s wholly-owned commercial subsidiary. mHealth Solutions will focus on selling Cell-Life’s products and services to the broader commercial health industry, allowing Cell-Life to continue its work as a non-profit organisation.


Cell-Life has a deep understanding of the unique challenges facing the development and implementation of e-health systems working in the public sector in Africa. Our practical insights and research enables us to develop context-specific, cost-effective solutions.


Cell-Life's solutions have great potential for broader application. The systems support monitoring and intervention programs necessary for large-scale management of other infectious or chronic diseases, and other arenas in healthcare.


At Cell-Life our mission is to become the backbone of managing HIV and TB in Africa, by providing affordable solutions that offer support for communication, information and logistics. By offering our skills and expertise, we furthermore pledge our commitment to combat these diseases, which are threatening the livelihood of our continent and people.


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 in 2004 and is installed in over 100 ART sites dispensing drugs to more than 250 'Down-referral' sites. Over 270,000 patients are receiving monthly ART from the iDART system in South Africa.


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 Award Winner 2005
  • Technology Top 100 Award Winner 2006
  • Impumelelo Innovations Awards Trust 2007
  • Technology Top 100 Established Enterprises Qualifier 2007
  • SANGONeT Web award for the Best Use of Mobile Technology 2009
  • 2010 PanSALB Award Winner
  • 2011 GSMA Awards Nominee
  • 2011 mHealth Alliance and UN Foundation competition winner
  • 2011 AfriComNet Winner