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Using innovative solutions to bring healthcare to patients in rural Kenya

Sixty percent of the Kenyan population lives in villages, but 80% of healthcare facilities are located in urban areas.

This discrepancy means that the majority of Kenyans cannot access healthcare services, and in a country where non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes are the cause of 33% of all deaths, the implications of this are tragic.

The increasing reliance on technology during the pandemic presented a novel solution to barriers to healthcare in Kenya. Using information and communication technology, telemedicine connects patients living in rural communities with healthcare practitioners, offering them quality clinical care and prescriptions without the need to travel long distances and undergo unnecessary referrals.

With telemedicine, health professionals are able to evaluate, diagnose and provide clinical services to patients remotely via video and/or audio connections. This technology has offered a solution for increasing access to healthcare, especially during a worldwide pandemic, in underserved areas and where the closest healthcare facilities were already overwhelmed.

Nurse at Lukoye seeing one of her patients via online consultation on the MDconsults app.

To-date, 579 households with NCD cases in Kakamega County have been reached, resulting in nearly 300 remote consultations with specialists.

Innovations like our Telemedicine Project allow patients to access healthcare from the comfort of their own homes, reducing the burden and the costs of travel, and ensuring no one is left behind.

“I am very thankful and delighted for the telemedicine project as it has really helped me reduce the travel costs to the facilities to seek medication as it has brought medical care closer to us. Thanks again ADS and HPIC for bringing this project to the people of Kakamega.”

James, diabetes patient and Kakamega resident

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