CHMI Celebrates Kenyan Healthcare Innovations

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Blog by Lucy Nkirote : : Mar 19/2014

Through its global work, the Center for Health Markets innovations (CHMI) has identified over 180 Kenyan healthcare innovations. In line with CHMI’s focus on highlighting and promoting such innovations, CHMI and its Eastern and South African Regional Partner, the Africa Capacity Alliance (ACA), identify promising private-sector healthcare models and provide them with opportunities to showcase their models, and trigger discussions about how to support the growth of health care innovations.

Organisations with a well-defined business model were encouraged to put in an application for the 2014 CHMI awards. The 12 shortlisted programs were supported to attend the 2014 3rd East Africa Healthcare Federation (EAHF) Conference and showcase their innovations, participate in forums, attend capacity building sessions, and interact with funders, policy makers and health innovators. The top three innovations that demonstrated the highest potential to scale, with meaningful impact on healthcare outcomes for the poor, were chosen and recognized at the conference gala dinner.

The awards' evaluation criteria included:

  • likely impact of the program on health outcomes;
  • innovation and uniqueness;
  • contribution to health systems strengthening and 
  • a demonstration of how the program addresses the needs of the bottom of pyramid population

Based on the above criteria, MicroClinic Technologies was the winner, with the most promising innovation. Their Chama Rx program, a cloud-based, members only, mobile application tracks every drug dispensed by clinics and autogenerates weekly orders, forecasting orders based on sales. Runners-up were Jacaranda Health’s new approach to healthcare for low-income women program and VecnaCares Charitable Trust program, the CliniPAK Health Information Infrastructure, an electronic health record that provides real-time data.

The Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies (MEDS) received the "People’s Choice Award" from the conference participants. All four winners received certificates of recognition.

The twelve shortlisted programs were:

  • MicroClinic Technologies, Chama Rx. 
  • Jacaranda Health, a new approach to healthcare for low-income women 
  • Gertrude’s Hospital Foundation, mHealth Wallet Program 
  • VecnaCares Charitable Trust, CliniPAK Health Information Infrastructure
  • Kenya Association for the Welfare of People with Epilepsy (KAWE), M- Kifafa
  • Health E Net, Ushauri wa Pili    
  • RIDERS Kenya, Sample Transport (ST)    
  • Afya Research, M-Afya Kiosk Project 
  • (Kenyan) Texas Cancer Centre, Cancer Care
  • Afya Yetu, Community Based Health Insurance Schemes
  • Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies (MEDS)
  • Canaan Hospital, Maternal and Child Healthcare's voucher system 

Photo (main): Winner MicroClinic Technologies recieve an award for their Chama Rx program
Photo (body): MEDS recieves the ‘People's Choice Award" during the gala dinner



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