Huawei’s Matebooks delivered to the health workers in Lamu county
Establishing telemedicine in Lamu
Huawei and Safaricom are working with the Lamu County government and Mombasa County government to provide a video conference solution for clinics and hospitals.
The solution provides a video conference service management system and internet connectivity on Safaricom’s extensive mobile broadband and fiber network. By enhancing the existing referral system that connects dispensaries and health centers with County hospitals and then with the regional referral hospital, the solution is able to increase access to experts remotely in real-time and provide real-time remote training.
This will give the patients access to earlier, cheaper and better diagnosis and treatment for patients and better follow-up care. It will also give improve the training activities for the health workforce.
Huawei is also working with the Lamu County government to provide a digital clinic solution. Utilizing Huawei’s Matebooks and local Kenyan social enterprise patner’s ZiDi software, Huawei is enabling every public health facility in the county to go digital.
The solution includes extensive training and ongoing support in order to track, order and forecast medicines. Track patient records and medical history. Provide real-time access to data and records and better manage staff and facilities.
From this project the patients will experience the availability of safer medicines and better diagnosis. Further the digitalization of the clinics means more reliable health data, which will improve the overall healthcare system.
Philips and private sector partners from PSHP Kenya visited Dandu in Mandera to discuss the community life center with the local community. © Ilija Gudnitz Weber
Philips to implement Kenya’s second “Community Life Centre”
The Community Life Center in Mandera is expected to provide the local area with modern, integrated high quality health services, access to energy, education, employment opportunities, commercial activities, and a secure social activity hub.
Royal Philips in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) plans to inaugurate a Community Life Center (CLC) in Mandera, a County in North-Eastern Kenya with one of the world’s highest maternal mortality ratio – 3,795 per 100,000 live births1. The project which is supported by the County Government of Mandera is the second of its kind in the world; Philips inaugurated the first CLC in Kiambu County, Kenya in 2014. The CLC will deliver crucial primary healthcare and enhance community development in Mandera. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed this year.
Strengthening Primary Care & Enabling Community Development
The issues facing primary healthcare in Africa are complicated and multifaceted therefore, to create sustainable improvement means addressing a wide range of issues collectively. Issues range from unavailability of qualified healthcare workers to lack of electricity, water and basic healthcare technology. The creation of the CLC concept enabled Philips to realize its vision to drastically improve primary healthcare in Africa by addressing all causes in one solution. Developed by the Philips Africa Innovation Hub, the concept of the CLC is a community driven and integrated approach for strengthening primary healthcare and service facilities that provide community development from a healthcare, lighting and healthy living perspective.
The CLC concept goes beyond healthcare by turning a health facility into a community hub where technology is bundled with an integrated service package and community empowerment interventions. The technology includes solar power (for reliable and clean energy supply), efficient and durable indoor and outdoor LED-lighting (enabling extended opening hours and providing security to patients and staff), healthcare equipment (to enable patient monitoring, diagnosis and triage), laboratory equipment (especially for antenatal care tests), refrigeration (preserving the life span of vaccines), IT-solutions (storage of patient data), water supply and purification (preventing waterborne diseases) and promotion of community entrepreneurism and social enterprise (utilizing new opportunities created by 24/7 lightning, energy and water).
Jill is an inspiring 21 year law graduate, youth leader and advocate in Migori, who will work on the MSD funded programme
MSD investing in youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services
MSD, through the MSD for Mothers initiative, will invest $1.5 million in the 6 County initiative, which supports the north-eastern counties of Mandera and Migori in particular. The funds will be directed to JHPIEGO – an international non-profit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University in the US – and the Kenya Red Cross (KRC) to explore and document innovative approaches to Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH) service delivery, and inform the national roll-out of Kenya’s AYSRH policy. The MSD-funded project will seek innovative partnerships with businesses including the Philips Community Life Centre in Mandera.
Private sector partners in PSHP are also supporting the I.AM innovation accelerator by UNFPA and Nailab.
The I.AM innovation accelerator is helping young Kenyan entrepreneurs developing and market their innovative solutions to providing young people with sexual and reproductive health information.
Lear more about the I.AM innovation accelerator here
Unilever – Migori Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Hygiene Programme
Unilever has partnered with UNFPA and Amref to spread the message which High Impact Interventions such as hygiene, family planning and access and availability to skilled care when delivering a baby can have in preventing both women as well as newborns from losing their lives, and teach the important habit of handwashing with soap to pregnant and new mothers. The maternal, newborn and child health and hygiene program started in Migori, as it is one of the counties with some of the highest maternal mortality ratios and prevalence of diarrhoea among young children in Kenya.
The programme is being delivered through the Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) and Community Health Volunteers (CHV’s). The intervention focuses on training of CHV in Maternal, Newborn and Child High Impact Interventions and promoting handwashing with soap during antenatal care, and in the postnatal period.