The future looks bright orange with Sanku-PHC!

The future looks bright orange with Sanku-PHC!

During the month of August, Sanku-PHC not only reached 1 million people with nutritious lifesaving foods, but also won the IoT Evolution Product of the Year Awards.

Partnering with Vodafone, Sanku-PHC designed a new fortification device that collects mill production data and transmits it automatically to a central, cloud-based database via the Vodafone Managed IoT Connectivity Platform.

Why is this news so important?

It allows Sanku-PHC to reduce costs, remote monitor, streamline staffing, improve efficiencies, and ultimately scale their technology and business solution to put lifesaving nutrients into the food that hundreds of millions of malnourished people eat every day.

By preventing health problems before they occur, Sanku-PHC’s solution has more sustained impact at scale on the lives of sub-Saharan Africans than any current health intervention today.


Sanku-PHC has created a first-of-its-kind technology, the Sanku dosifier machine. The dosifier enables small African flour mills in rural areas to fortify flour with precise amounts of key nutrients during the milling process. “This kind of technology has been available to large production sites for some time,” says Felix Brooks-Church, Co-founder & CEO of Sanku, “but not small, remote mills. And 95% of the population is reliant on small mills.”

Sanku-PHC have installed a Vodafone global sim into every Sanku dosifier machine responsible for delivering the health ministry’s standard of required nutrients into the flour at local mills.

The Vodafone global sim allows for in-country roaming reaching the most remote areas, allowing access to up-to-the-minute information on maintenance, power supply and machine tracking via GPS. Performance data is transmitted every five minutes, from nutrient ratios, weight readings to feed screw speeds. It transforms Sanku-PHC’s reach, operational efficiency and effectiveness of each mill.

Currently 100% of Sanku-PHC’s dosifier machines installed at mills across Tanzania and Rwanda have since been upgraded with the solution.

The new Sanku Smart Dosifier orange generation, which has the Vodafone cellular component built into the dosifier, is due to be installed across Tanzania during September – December 2018.

The result, Sanku-PHC’s reach will double to over 2 million people in 2019.

The future looks bright orange with Sanku-PHC!


You can support Sanku-PHC’s work here, or learn more here.


Related articles:

Vodafone Flour Power article

Nasdaq – Vodafone + Sanku-PHC press release

Winners of the IoT Evolution Product of the Year Awards

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Project Healthy Children

Project Healthy Children (PHC) is a recommended charity of The Life You Can Save. PHC partners with public and private health care initiatives to provide low-cost, effective food fortification programs to populations worldwide. PHC’s food fortification programs have been shown to reliably deliver micronutrients to community food supplies.

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