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Recognizing the difficulties experienced by visually impaired individuals in accessing healthcare, HealthX Africa in collaboration with accelerateUHC and the Kenya Union of the Blind are actively stepping in to onboard and provide comprehensive healthcare support to members of the Kirinyaga Branch using HealthX Africa’s telehealth services.

People living with disabilities in Kenya confront significant challenges in accessing healthcare. The 2019 census reveals that 2.2% of Kenyans live with disabilities, with mobility disabilities comprising 28.6% of this group. Visual, hearing, and communication-related impairments disproportionately affect women (57.5%) and those in rural areas (80%). While Kenya has established robust policy frameworks to address health equity disparities, translating these policies into tangible solutions remains challenging.

Shockingly, one in two people with disabilities cannot access healthcare, leading to a disease burden nearly 10% higher than the general population.

These statistics were recently brought to life during a needs assessment done by the Kenya Union for the Blind. It was discovered that members of the Kirinyaga Branch encounter obstacles in movement, leading to higher logistics costs and delays in seeking healthcare. Many members require guides to attend hospitals, and when guides are unavailable, some choose to postpone healthcare visits.

“For Kenya to achieve universal health coverage we must cater to individuals that have traditionally been excluded from the healthcare landscape,” HealthX Africa’s CEO, Roy Bore said, “Using digital innovations like telehealth will allow us to be a step closer in making inclusive healthcare a reality.”

Recognizing the transformative potential of telehealth in achieving universal health coverage, HealthX with accelerateUHC, a project of RaHa Solutions, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), and others, has committed to providing telehealth services to this community. HealthX Africa emphasizes the importance of leveraging technology to create an inclusive and equitable healthcare system. Telemedicine has proven globally to reduce costs, enhance access to providers, and mitigate barriers such as transportation expenses, especially crucial during pandemics.

With this premise, the Kenya Union of the Blind, Kirinyaga Branch members, will have access to comprehensive telehealth services that will encompass unlimited virtual doctor consultations, nutrition counseling, and counseling psychology through the toll-free number. Furthermore, the County government of Kirinyaga has pledged to assist the people with disability with the Governor H.E Anne Waiguru declaring her commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusivity to ensure no part of the society is left behind.

“It is our priority to ensure that Universal health coverage is a reality for all Kenyans, and this project is the first step in creating an inclusive healthcare system,” said accelerateUHC’s Liason person, Kadu Titi.

HealthX Africa is intentional in working with and learning from organizations representing and advocating for the health and rights of people with disabilities and adapting and improving HealthX telemedicine systems and services to meet the needs and preferences of Kenyans living with different disabilities.

John Muriuki, the Chairperson of the Kenya Union of the Blind, appreciated the medical support, saying this is an opportunity given to them to be able to access primary healthcare, especially through their phone. He said: “As a community, we face many challenges. When visiting the hospital, someone has to take you, thus making it difficult for your privacy and mental wellness, with a guide who is probably your relative sitting next to you in some instances. If the guide is not available, we do not go to the hospital. The possibility of accessing a doctor through our own phones without having to buy airtime is the surest way of ensuring universal access to health support. I request accelerateUHC to extend support to all the members of the Kirinyaga Branch, who are 327 members with visual impairments. We appreciate the support of 50 members, but I am appealing for your support to cover all the members. We also request your support for medicine, which will go a long way in ensuring easy and equal access to health”.

“HealthX has given people a medical access card with security features that will be used by people with visual challenges,” Muriuki added.

Through toll free calls, the visually handicapped have also started to get free medical services, which include prescribed medicine.

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If, during your insurance selling activities, you encounter families that cannot afford your micro insurance medical cover, would you please nominate them HERE for free medical services/cover. We will buy the cover from you on behalf of those that you nominate.

In a project/programme called accelerateUHC, we [RaHaSolutions, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), SASADoctors, CheckUp Meds, HealthX & others] accelerateUHC by giving free medical services to families that are excluded from quality health care coverage — for OP, we buy subscriptions from Virtual Hospitals on behalf of the families; and, for IP, we buy medical cover insurance policies on behalf of the families.

Until now, nomination was done almost exclusively by community health workers, see details below.

A good community health worker / volunteer, Jane Njambi Mbare, nominates Michael Wanyoro Wanjohi (in photo) for free medical services. Michael is in Muiringo village, nearest to Muiri Shopping Center, Gatukuyu town, Gatundu North sub-county, Kiambu County.

Sr. Refnata Alfred is proposed to be the closest nurse who can be paid to visit and serve Michael on demand.

Michael was physically stable until 2020 when he became unable to provide for his family. The wife was psychologically affected and later died. Michael was left alone lacking basic needs and in year 2021 was affected with jiggers which has led to his health deterioration.

He has bowel incontinence after unknown villagers sodomised him.

He has no livelihood leading to malnourishment. He relies on good Samaritans for basics for survival.

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Nephat Imboyoka (in photo) is a 51 years old man from Kakamega County, Lurambi sub-county, Butsotso North ward.

He was nominated for free medical services by Fabius Ambrose, and he (Nephat) now get proactive free medical services.

Every 3 months SASAdoctor checks on Nephat to see that he is keeping well. SASAdoctor does this (checking) through Fabius, a clinical officer, because Nephat does not use his phone well enough to benefit fully from the free medical services.

If Nephat falls sick, Fabius will contact SASAdoctor. And, during interaction among SASA, Fabius and Nephat, they agree on action to take so as to determine Nephat’s condition and to prescribe treatment/medicine.

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What happens when you scan a product? It doesn’t matter if you purchased a product in a store or online, sooner or later you will have that product in your hands. When you scan the barcode on a product or label with the DuGut™, we retrieve all kinds of information such as, if a product has been sold (by the manufacturer), to the location and time of the scan. After we collect the information, we either have an agreement with the brand or store, in which case they directly donate into our users’ DuGut™ accounts, or we make a suggestion to a brand or store to donate to the SDG of its customers’ choice.Now you can accelerateUHC with receipts, logos …&c –– the same receipts, logos …&c that you get while collecting garbage, the same receipts, logos …&c that you get after paying for anything, anywhere (Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Antarctica, Zealandia).

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NOTE: Even with public health insurance available since 1966, only 20% of Kenyans have access to some sort of medical coverage. With the population at over 44 million and rising, it means that as many as 35 million Kenyans are excluded from quality health care –– such a story can be said about access to clean water, toilets and sanitary towels in all low-income countries & lower middle-income countries.

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