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Innovative Technology, ‘Tech Savvy’ Health Workers Could Help Kenya Achieve UHC

Inter Press Service: Business Unusual will Drive Africa’s Quest to achieve Health Care for All
Siddharth Chatterjee, U.N. resident coordinator for Kenya, and Radhika Shah, co-president at Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs

“…Few frontiers provide greater potential for African countries to achieve [universal health coverage (UHC)] than information technology. … [T]hese innovations will ensure that each building block and therewith entire health systems can be strengthened and that resources mobilized in the health sector are used more efficiently and effectively. Fortunately, these innovations are already in existence. … A young army of community health workers who are tech savvy and can reach the last mile, could offset the chronic shortage of doctors and nurses through task-shifting. This is exactly what innovative platforms such as the SDG Partnership Platform in Kenya are beginning to catalyze — harnessing global tech innovations and intellectual firepower to serve the continent’s populations with public-private investments to achieve universal health care for basic human dignity and as a springboard for greater economic growth. And Kenya can lead the way in achieving universal health coverage” (2/5).

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