MicroClinic Technologies wins the Innovative Global South Award at the 2016 Smart City Expo World Congress
[BACELONA, Nov 17th, 2016] - MicroClinic Technologies has won the "Innovative Global South Award" (one of the World Smart City Awards) at the 6th edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress held in Barcelona. The award is in recognition of the promotion of social integration and equity by transforming healthcare in Kenya through ICT.
Kenya Ambassador Mr. Bramwel Kisuya is accepting the Innovative Global South Award
Kenya Ambassador Mr. Bramwel Kisuya is delivering the speech
Kenya Ambassador in Spain, Mr. Bramwel Kisuya, who accepted the award, said:” In small cities and rural areas in Kenya, the public healthcare system is still growing, most of them are lacking adequate health facilities and the requisite experts, thus constraining the delivery of the residents’ health needs. Citizens need to travel to distant facilities, which often lead to delayed diagnosis or treatment. The government is working hard to build up health data, predict and manage the demand and supply of medicine, and assess the productivity of staff or workload in facilities to decide on staffing, training or facilities investment. The initiative and effort aim to provide good services to our people by bringing together companies, NGOs and other relevant partners to contribute their wisdom, strength and technologies to make people’s dream come true. MicroClinic is one of them. This award is not only to recognize MicroClinic for their endeavor, but also an appreciation of Kenya Government’s ’s commitment and resolve to ensure access and efficiency in the provision of medical and health services to the entire Nation in spite of limited resources. The Government of Kenya takes the initiative to encourage innovation, development and use of the relevant technologies to enhance the livelihoods of the potential users of the innovations and welcomes such initiatives from all willing partners as demonstrated by the presence of the Ministry of ICT of the Government of Kenya to promote them.”
Dr, Moka Lantum, Founder and Managing Director of Micro Clinic Technologies said, "The award is a proof that technology can change the world. We get great support from Huawei, and partner with the Ministries of Health and ICT in Kenya, the County Government of Lamu, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and WHO globally to ensure the initiative aligns with national policy, meets global development goals, and can be scaled-up and replicated."
To improve health in Lamu through appropriate use of ICT, the project achieves safe medical care. It also delivers more reliable data on disease trends; earlier, cheaper and better diagnosis and treatment; a better trained health workforce; and a more efficient healthcare system. Over 8,000 patients have been served since the digitization of the health system went into effect in Lamu, which sets benchmark for the rest of the nation. Yan Lida, president of Huawei Enterprise Business Group said, "Huawei telemedicine provides health expertise to towns and rural areas. With the easy-to-use, multi-platform video conference and cloud platform, the digitizing of Lamu County’s entire health sector covers 28 facilities benefitting 200,000 people. With more health facilities gaining grid or solar electricity and internet connections (fiber or mobile), ICT technologies can help solve these challenges and meet the priorities of the Health and ICT Ministries in Kenya (and similar countries)."
The low-cost, pay-per-use approach digital service delivery ensures sustainability beyond the support from Huawei, which is an innovative part of the project. The digital health solution implemented in Lamu is a scalable and replicable model for the whole of Kenya. This award is a recognition of MicroClinic and Huawei’s commitment to the Every Woman Every Child initiative of the UN. The charge to eliminate poverty and build health systems in underserved communities across the globe is one that both companies embrace.
About MicroClinic Technologies Ltd.
MicroClinic Technologies is a Nairobi-based health care management company. The mission is to help underserved patients access safe, affordable care using technology. The e/mHealth innovations offer patient-centered solutions that optimize quality, affordability and access to care in a manner tailored to the needs of patients and providers in the local health settings. MicroClinic targets hard to reach underserved segments of the market and work with health providers to design solutions that meet their needs. The company also incorporate algorithms in the software to aid frontline workers achieve better diagnosis and care coordination.
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to build a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world’s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees. For more information, please visit Huawei online at www.huawei.com.
About the Innovative Global South Awards
The Smart City Expo World Congress presents 3 categories of World Smart City Awards for Smart City practices and innovations all over the world: Innovative Global South Award Project Award and City Award. The Innovative Global South Award is the only award that is jointly organized with Habitat III which considers innovations that address pressing global challenges, including climate change, and promote social integration and equity. These are developing nations with fastest population and urbanization growth rates where sustainable planning and development will be a critical undertaking in the coming years and decades, and the use of innovative technologies demonstrate great promise in easing the impact and the subsequent management of cities and regions.
About Habitat III
Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 October 2016.
In Resolution 66/207 and in line with the bi-decennial cycle (1976, 1996 and 2016), the United Nations General Assembly decided to convene the Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, to focus on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda, building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996.