Kenya boasts a population more connected than ever before, with tech now spanning industries as a measure to boost accessibility to information, advice and now – healthcare.
Totohealth – a concept developed by 27-year old computer science graduate and Kenyan entrepreneur Felix Kimaru in 2014 – is paving the way for further growth in healthcare provision through employing mobile technology to cascade pregnancy advice, monitor child development and record information about expectant mothers on a truly widespread scale.
With mobile penetration in Kenya growing fast and currently at 83 percent, the tech shift is a truly revolutionizing accessibility to healthcare in the East African nation and inspiring similar approaches to providing medical advice in remote regions around the world. Winners of the global ITU Telecom World Entrepreneurship Awards 2015, Totohealth has been hailed as a global tech triumph. It has impacted more than 15,000 parents, 750 community health workers and more than twelve hospitals in nine Kenyan counties, all in just 18 short months. The social enterprise has also announced plans to expand across the East Africa region following demand for the service among health experts.
During a recent meeting with MAKE IT KENYA, Totohealth founder, Felix, explained the value of investment in healthcare – a fast-growing industry in Kenya – and the positive ripple effect of bright and innovative ideas within the industry:
“With the right investments and innovations in providing quality healthcare information and advice, illnesses can be prevented and avoided on mass… positively impacting the health of the next generation”.
The Government of Kenya is seeking partners to support its goal of providing affordable and quality healthcare to all its citizens; with Totohealth signaling a major milestone in all-inclusive healthcare provision. In support of its target, the Government has developed a Health Sector PPP Strategy to prompt greater collaboration between the public and private sector – a guiding principle in the delivery of health services and a crucial ingredient of Kenya’s position as a healthcare investment destination of choice.
How Totohealth Works
Totohealth enables users to receive timely messages based on stage of pregnancy or the child’s age. These messages highlight warning signs in pregnancy or the child’s health thereby enabling parents to seek timely care. Totohealth enables organizations and counties to easily improve the health outcome of the communities they serve. This is done through registering parents to the platform and sending them Totohealth content which is educative and informative. The content covers various subjects including vaccination reminders, clinic appointments, nutrition and family planning advice among others.
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