Kenya: $1 Million Healthcare Innovation Award for ZiDi
By CIO East Africa (Nairobi):
An innovative mobile health management system, ZiDi, which provides essential data to improve maternal and child care has been awarded a prize in the first Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) and Save the Children $1million Healthcare Innovation Award.
ZiDi, developed by MicroClinic Technologies Ltd, is designed to tackle the quality of maternal and child healthcare by facilitating the diagnosis and treatment of common diseases that affect women and children.
The system is also able to monitor service utilization and consumption of vaccines and all essential drugs and accurately forecast the potential demand for over 5,000 health facilities in Kenya.
MicroClinic Technologies Ltd.was awarded $100,000 by the partnership to further develop the system for larger health facilities.
A judging panel of experts from the fields of public health and development1, co-chaired by Sir Andrew Witty, CEO of GSK, and Justin
Forsyth, Chief Executive of Save the Children, which included Professor Oyewale Tomori, Professor of Virology and President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, were impressed with the use of technology to address child health issues in Kenya.
John Musunga, GSK Country Manager Kenya, said ,"This remarkable project shows what can be achieved through innovation and we are delighted to be able to recognise the hard work of all involved. It is all about making a difference in saving lives of millions of children in Kenya and around the world."
Mary Matu, Chairlady, MicroClinic Technologies also said that they were thrilled to be recipients of the GSK and Save the Children Healthcare Innovation Award. Matu, explained that the award money will fast track the start of a national roll-out and will soon
impact the lives of over 40,000 under-fives who will receive services in the model ZiDi in the sub-counties of Ruiru and Gatundu in Kiambu county, starting December 2013.
"With ZiDi's national rollout, more lives will be saved as a result of access to reliable medical supplies and improved diagnosis," she said.
The ZiDi system was one of five projects, from a long list of nearly 100 applications from 29 countries from across the developing world, selected by the judging panel.
"Automating services in the public health sector is a priority for the Government of Kenya and ZiDi would not realize its potential without the
support from the Ministry of Health and partners, notably the Kenya Medical Supply Authority (KEMSA) and Microsoft 4Africa, for which we are grateful. This award underscores the importance of innovative and affordable information communication technology at the point of service delivery, said Moka Lantum, MD, PhD, Managing Partner & Chief Technology Officer,MicroClinic Technologies Ltd.
Later this month, GSK and Save the Children will convene a roundtable discussion with stakeholders and policymakers to honour MicroClinic
Technologies Ltd. and discuss the impact of the award on broader health innovation trends in Kenya.
The partnership between GSK and Save the Children aims to deliver a new model for corporate-charity working to help save the lives of a million children.