After spending more than 3 hours and 20 minutes to get my healthcare support - I left the hospital with more than 55 patients waiting to consult a doctor, get body diagnosis and prescribed medication or emergency response. Unfortunately, this situation is affecting pregnant mothers, children and old people because they are the most vulnerable group that has been hit most by the effects of COVID-19 and beyond. When patients congest in hospitals or pharmacy, it is more likely to ferocious accelerate the spread emerging pandemic diseases such as COVID-19 and Hepatitis C because the patients are siting close to each other (no social distancing) while others are coughing and touching the chairs and doors to the toilets.
This particular problem will spread COVID-19 to over 15 million patients in Tanzania and 210 million patients in Africa who visit healthcare service providers every year. And as a result, more than 890,000 patients especially women, mothers and child die each year because of late treatment and attending as well as lack of reliable and affordable digital financial services.
The healthcare system in Tanzania and Africa as a whole is still slacking behind to catch up with the advancement of technology and innovation in healthcare.
And this is where Afya Bora comes into play, Afya Bora is distributing a proven intervention in the medical scheduling and healthcare marketplace that allows patients to find, compare and schedule with the nearest medical practitioners (doctors, community health workers, nurses, pharmacy and hospitals) in order to get an easy and effective healthcare services at an affordable cost. Afya Bora inspires and empowers both patients and healthcare practitioners through healthcare data to ensure that everyone on earth has access to equal and quality healthcare that people with feature phones are also able to use our services. This simplified USSD software application assist doctors, pharmacy and hospitals to directly connect with patients to give them healthcare services as well as to be able to manage their patients bookings and data effectively for a sustainable future.
Our team is dedicated and passionate to turn this global challenge into a potential solution that will narrow the widening gap between patients and healthcare practitioners that stands at 1:5,000 per year in Tanzania. Our team has shared values and strength to deliver equal and quality healthcare services to marginalized groups in Tanzania and other emerging markets. Our challenge is still resolving access to healthcare services, without business development skills, technical support, mentorship and financial support - they business solution will lowly take pace compared to when supported by partners and stakeholders. .