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An innovative mobile health management system which provides essential data to improve maternal and child care is the winner of the first GSK and Save the Children $1million (Sh85m) healthcare innovation award. ZiDi, developed by MicroClinic Technologies 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.
ZiDi is 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 was awarded $100,000 (Sh8.5m) by the partnership to further develop the system for larger health facilities.
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. GSK country manager, Kenya John Musunga said the 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,” said Musunga.
Realise potential Chairlady, MicroClinic Technologies Mary Matu said: “We are thrilled to be recipients of the GSK and Save the Children Healthcare Innovation Award.” She said the award money will fast track the start of a national roll-out, and will soon impact the lives of over 40,000 children under five years, who will receive services in the model ZiDi sub-counties of Ruiru and Gatundu in Kiambu County, starting next month.
“With ZiDi’s national rollout, more lives will be saved as a result of access to reliable medical supplies and improved diagnosis”. Matu said automating services in the public health sector was a priority for the government, and ZiDi would not realise its potential without the support from the Ministry of Health and other partners, notably the Kenya Medical Supply Authority (KEMSA) as well as Microsoft 4Africa.
Later this month, GSK and Save the Children will convene a roundtable discussion with stakeholders and policy makers to honour MicroClinic Technologies. It will discuss the impact of the award on broader health innovation trends in Kenya. - By JENAIDE KIIRU
Article Source: The People Newspaper