In the developed world, there are 3 physicians for every 1,000 people and 4.9 beds for 1,000 people. Here in Kenya, those numbers drop dramatically to just 0.2 physicians and 1.3 beds per 1,000 people.
At Access Afya, we believe in combining the power of technology with skilled, supported, emotionally intelligent people to improve both the cost and quality of care in the developing world so that we can reach more people with the health infrastructure that we have today.
Using a team-based care model, standardization, and digital infrastructure and tools, we have driven the price point of a visit to an Access Afya clinic down to under $4.00 while maintaining our 30% profit margin. In October, Melissa and Eric spoke in San Diego and Singapore about Access Afya’s data-driven approach to providing better care.
Melissa at DigiMed2017: Digital health in Kenya is all about creation, not disruption.
Dr. Eric at HIMSS AsiaPac17: Collaboration, coordination and co-creation to improve the patient experience.
Access Afya Updates
- We launched two pharmacies in the second half of this year, completing the link between our field programs and clinics. In month one pharmacies saw 900 people and they are getting busier. 196 of those people used us for promotive health, such as family planning and water purification. 87 accessed rapid diagnostics. Each day eight people were refered to Access Afya Clinics for further care. Our vision is simple: like our clinics, our pharmacies promote positive health.
- 11,000 patients were screened for diabetes and hypertension risk through Akiba ya Roho, our co-creation project with Boehringer Ingelheim, Ashoka and PharmAccess Foundation. We found 13% needed to be referred to our clinics for further testing and treatment, 80% of those referred did not know about their conditions prior to Access Afya, and 100% had a positive experience with our team.
- We have a new corporate partnership with Heineken Africa Foundation to launch a mobile maternal and child health clinic, sharing essential devices such as ultrasound with multiple communities. Look for an update on this early next year!
- Help us make our mobile maternal child health clinic a success! We are looking for a radiologist to help with remote quality assurance, a fellow skilled in project management to spend a few months with us, and devices for self-monitoring high-risk pregnancies to test.
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Melissa and the Access Afya Team