December 2012 - Technical assistance and skill-building
To ring in the New Year, Bienmoyo has partnered with another organization, Tech In The World, to bring an inaugural team of skilled computer programmers as well as a video documentarian to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Together, this short pilot program seeks to contribute several important enhancements and technical products requested by APHFTA, as well as to explore the Tanzanian ICT market and forge partnerships to strengthen local ICT capacity. Discussions with APHFTA have pinpointed several feasible and high-priority goals, including a membership database, a generic SMS-based appointment-reminder tool, as well as continued improvements to mMaisha's reporting and education modules. Our team has reached out to several local educational institutions, technology advocacy organizations, and incubators to arrange to knowledge-sharing through presentations and workshops. More detailed information on these activities and ongoing updates can be found on the Tech In The World Blog.
July 2012 - mMaisha deployments across Tanzania
The Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA) has recognized innovative ICT investment as a key goal of its current 5-year strategic plan. As one of several initiatives undertaken in line with this goal, APHFTA recently completed deployment of the mMaisha system to over a dozen member facilities in six regions of Tanzania (June and July of 2012). These facilities are equipped with the Antenatal care-management component of mMaisha which was piloted in Dar es Salaam in 2011. In addition, they will pilot the new Diabetes / HIV data management component of mMaisha to support APHFTA's programs in those areas.
APHFTA has invested in this first round of exceptional facilities as part of a long-term deployment plan to network the majority of its 400+ members in the next several year.
2011 has been an exciting year for Bienmoyo. In addition to launching an mHealth platform for antenatal care, working alongside esteemed colleagues at APHFTA and in Temeke District, Bienmoyo is kicking off a child-wellness and rheumatic heart disease screening program in Manyara and Arusha (see below), as well as other initiatives in online education (CME) and quality improvement.
We invite you to read our 2011 newsletter and share in our appreciation and gratitude for all the opportunities and achievements that this past year has brought for our team and our dedicated local partners.
Bienmoyo Receives Health Systems Strengthening Grant from Medtronic Foundation
While it has been virtually eradicated in developed countries, rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is one of the most preventable, yet prevalent, neglected NCDs of the poor, with 200,000 deaths occurring annually in Africa alone. Bienmoyo Foundation and local stakeholder partners will leverage mobile teams and the mMaisha system to help support the screening and early diagnosis of more than 6,000 school children for strep throat and signs of Rheumatic Fever or RHD, as well as educational and awareness initiatives, within the Manyara and Arusha regions of Tanzania. This effort will be complemented with health initiatives to ensure care for those identified with signs and symptoms.
November 2011 - Bienmoyo eCME system launched for APHFTA
The Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA), the only officially-recognized umbrella organization in Tanzania for the private health sector (with over 600 members facilities) has launched its new 5-year strategic plan for 2011 - 2015. Outlined in this strategic plan, a major component of APHFTA's long-term vision is the integration of cutting-edge ICT tools to support quality-improvement and member services. During APHFTA's Annual General Meeting in November 2011, Bienmoyo launched a version of the APHFTA-Bienmoyo mMaisha online Continuing Medical Education (eCME) tool kit. This tool kit will provide local medical authorities a flexible and easy to use authoring tool to develop CME content and deploy through web browsers using smart phones, and netbooks, or deliver educational content through SMS text messaging.
Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and Bienmoyo Collaborate to Strengthen Local Manufacturing of Point of Care Diagnostics and Integration of mHealth Systems
The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Production Facility is a regional model for government-operated point-of-care (POC) diagnostic manufacturing units in East Africa. The KEMRI Production Facility is the only publically-managed manufacturing facility in East Africa for diagnostic reagents and test kits.
Bienmoyo with support of USG stakeholders, worked with KEMRI to develop a strategic development plan. When fully implemented, the KEMRI production unit will be in a position to generate a profit and that a portion of that profit will be returned to members of the joint venture as loan repayment (or used to cover program costs such as commodity purchases from donor partners). Revenue will be generated through partnership activities with the private sector including; partnerships for diagnostics research and development (R&D), mHealth systems integration for commodity tracking, partnerships for diagnostics evaluation testing, and partnerships for contract manufacturing with multinational diagnostic companies interested in developing new products, acquiring local and region regulatory approval, and reducing costs of production and distribution within sub-Saharan markets for POC diagnostics. The long-term intent of the project is to lower commodity costs while increasing local technical expertise and create jobs.
Case Study: Using Mobile Technology to Strengthen Health Systems and Improve Antenatal Care
In Tanzania, Bienmoyo collaborated with Deloitte to test mobile health (mHealth) technologies to help address the long-standing challenge of providing effective access to healthcare for those living in resource-constrained environments.
The MD3 pilot, conducted in June-August of 2011, is the output of collaboration between Deloitte, Bienmoyo Foundation, and stakeholders from the public and private health system operating in the Temeke district of Dar es Salaam.