Country of Operation
- Afya Research AfricaNot-for-profit
- Saving Lives at BirthNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryM-Afya Kiosks aims to makes healthcare more accessible in rural areas by setting up kiosks where clients will be able to buy drugs, receive basic diagnoses and get referred to larger clinics, when necessary.
This program aims to make healthcare so accessible in rural areas that it can just be another stop in a person's daily routine.
Key program components
Every clinic will be staffed by a single health care worker (HCW) and will initially offer maternal health services, malaria testing and treatment, and care for hypertension and diabetes. Eventually, Afya Research Africa hopes to expand the kiosks to include other services such as immunizations. The kiosks will also offer other goods and services, such as banking through M-Pesa - M-Afya aims to offer a way for expecting mothers to save money in preparation for delivery. These other services will both attract more customers and provide further income. Every kiosk worker will have a mobile phone (Android) with which they will be connected to larger clinics. In this way, the patients can contact the clinic staff with any diagnosis staff. They will also be able to use a special program on the phone to input patient information, transfer this information to the clinic, and make referrals. HCWs will be able to own up to 70% of the kiosk, which will cost about US$1300 to get up and running. If they do not have all the necessary capital initially, the HCW will be able to pay off the investment over time through profits from the kiosk.
M-Afya Kiosks hopes to open its first kiosk by the start of 2012.
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