Did you know you can get Diabetes and Hypertension screening and annual treatment for just Kshs. 10?
HOW? You ask?
Boehringer Ingelheim among the world’s leading pharmaceutical company, Ashoka world organisation that invests in leading socio-preneurs and PharmAccess Foundation a non profit organisation that promotes better healthcare in Africa launched a digital wallet : AKIBA YA ROHO.
Akiba ya Roho is a digital management healthcare program for people living with Non-communicable Disease, such as Diabetes and Hypertension.
The mobile wallet helps one to save and pay for healthcare services at the Access Afya chain of clinics. Akiba ya Roho in conjunction with Access Afya clinics have simplified diabetes and Hypertension management.
Access Afya is a chain of clinics that provide exceptional healthcare services to low income earners suffering from Diabetes and Hypertension. They provide screening, management and follow up services all geared towards improving the health of their patients at affordable prices. Having set up in 2012, Access Afya Clinics have expanded to 3 major outlets and successfully treated up to 26000 patients.
Once a patient visits Access Afya Center, He is first registered to the Akiba ya Roho platform. One requires only Name, ID number, location , a valid phone number ( an active Mpesa registered safaricom line) and a minimum saving of Kshs. 10.
The patient then gets information on Diabetes and Hypertension as well as the causes. They are then screened for BMI, Diabetes and Hypertension. These tests are free for members. If the tests are negative, the patient gets a voucher for free consultation to Access Afya on their next visit.
Patients also test for eye, Heart (ECG), Urinalysis, Blood pressure check and Cholesterol. Within the month they need to save up only Kshs. 160 for diabetes and Kshs. 260 for hypertension before the next visit. The money saved will be used for the further compulsory tests.
Access Afya staff offer follow up services within 1-3 months to the patients according to the level and response to treatment. Upon each follow up visit, patient gains a Ksh40 voucher for the next consultation. Generally, Access Afya consultation costs Kshs.100, thus a patient needs to save Kshs. 60 on the platform before the next visit.
After a successful journey of management and control, the patient is offered another voucher for free screening to compare results with those when they first started the program.
Non communicable diseases like Diabetes and Hypertension are among the rising silent killer diseases and the high cost of quality health services makes it difficult for most to manage the conditions. Akiba ya Roho, like the name suggests represents hope for thousands who can ill afford expensive health care services.