Samsung Electronics East Africa partner with VSO Jitolee fight against maternal and child mortality
Samsung Electronics East Africa in partnership with VSO Jitolee to launch an ICT solution that will improve maternal and child health care. Employees of Samsung Electronics East Africa donated this solution at the Riruta Health Clinic in Dagoretti Sub County in Nairobi County and spent their entire day supporting health workers in the clinic.
The purpose of this solution is to assist health workers switch from manual data entry to real time data entry, registration, tracking and maintaining follow ups with mothers at various stages of their pregnancy on an ePlatform. It will also enable health workers monitor patient health history and inform registered parents and guardians of their children’s immunization records from birth. Additionally, the solution will provide information on how to prevent HIV and AIDS transmission from mother to child and the value of nutritional supplements. Health workers based in suburban locations of Dagoretti will be able to enter real time data in the system which will be sent to a central database.
This will help the County, Ministry and various health institutions generate accurate reports to inform rapid decision making and support resource allocation across the medical sector.
Samsung Electronics East Africa is also donating TVs and DVD players which will be used to disseminate information on maternal and child health care to women of childbearing age in the sub county. “This initiative is an important step towards embracing the real needs of healthcare providers and patients. We aim to leverage our technology to help individuals lead healthier lives, while delivering healthcare providers the tools they need to improve clinical outcomes," said Robert Ngeru, Vice President and COO, Samsung Electronics East Africa.
“We are all aware that mothers are the foundation of our society and givers of life which is why we
need to take care of them. This project is designed to deliver on that promise and ensure that our
health sector fulfils its mandate to boost the health of Kenyans in general,” added Mr. Ngeru.
This partnership with VSO forms part of Samsung’s Employee Volunteer Program (EVP), which
encourages employees to use part of their time to uplift and empower the underprivileged in the
“Our vision as VSO is to empower local communities to achieve sustainable change and build
resilience against future challenges. We promote volunteering as a powerful and practical way to
tackle poverty and disadvantage. In partnership with other stakeholders, we are contributing to the
achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Health and Wellbeing), to reduce the global
maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030. We are confident that our
partnership with Samsung Electronics East Africa and the County Health Management team is a step
in the right direction,” said George Awalla, VSO Jitolee’s Head of programmes.