Before January ends, we’d like to update our friends, partners, and supporters on our plans for 2016. We’ve “hit the ground running” this new year, and we’re excited to expand, enhance, and improve the programs and health services we offer!
Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect to see from us at Access Afya this year:
We will be expanding into three new communities with three new micro-clinics this year. We’ve welcomed Fred, our new Business Expansion Project Manager, who has been very busy researching and scouting out potential locations and communities that have the highest need for our health services.
The Healthy Schools Program, spearheaded by Jaclyn (Program Manager), Beatrice (Program Coordinator), and Patrick (Healthy Schools Nurse), has been working hard since last year to bring the program to more schools in the Mukuru community. They are looking to increase both the number of schools involved and number of students enrolled in the program. Through the Healthy Schools partnership with PharmAccess, the team will be conducting “experiments” to try to increase enrollment. These experiments will include offering different payment methods and various sign-on incentives to parents and their children.
The Healthy Schools Team is proud to have the first school, Safisha School, to be fully-enrolled for one full year! This is the first time we’ve had all students (about 50 at Safisha School) in a school be enrolled for a full year, and this is our goal for all of the schools participating in our program.
Similar to the Healthy Schools Program model of conveniently bringing health care and other health services to students at the schools themselves, we are doing research and making connections to launch a Healthy Factories Program in 2016! This program will involve Access Afya reaching out to factory workers in informal settlements at their place of work.
Improved Impact Reporting
Last year, in September, we realized the importance of measuring our “big picture impact” on the communities we serve. We wanted to answer the following three questions:
- How many unique patients have we served?
- Are our patients satisfied with the care we are giving them?
- What are the outcomes of the cases we see in our clinics?
With the help of Natasha, our Monitoring & Evaluation Fellow, we’ve developed a way to collect this impact data and showcase it on easy-to-understand dashboards. Keep an eye out for an overview of our impact that will be posted to this blog soon!
Community Outreach & Marketing
After our extremely successful medical camp in October last year, as well as several highly-attended outreach events, we’re excited to continue reaching out to members of the community through activities such as medical camps, market storms, and group meeting discussions. Fred, Ruth, our Quality Assurance & Marketing Project Manager, Dommy, our Community Outreach Coordinator, and their teams have been covering lots of ground – literally and figuratively – planning these events for 2016. Our first medical camp is set to take place this Saturday, January 30th!
We at Access Afya wish you all a happy new year! We have so much to look forward to, and we hope you do too!