Solar-Fi Cares provides off-grid rural healthcare access at low costs by embedding smart, modular rural clinics within integrated community systems of care. Solar power is becoming more affordable, and regions endowed with renewable energy sources like solar are placed to leverage a decentralized, off-grid approach to energy access. Off-grid mobile clinics are increasingly playing an important role in maximizing reach remote communities while lowering cost barriers of healthcare access. Solar-Fi clinics are outfitted with basic medical equipment (sterilization systems, drug refrigeration, point of care diagnostics devices) delivered at low cost with a focus on sustainability.
We leverage public-private-partnerships to source medical equipment donated by private corporations. In any health strategy, community engagement is key. Solar-fi Cares collaborates with community-based health partners to enhance their patient engagement at the last mile. Many rural residents do not access preventive health care due to low awareness, and high indirect costs (of transportation, the opportunity cost of working). As a result, they often only seek healthcare services in an urgent situation and when it is most costly. Engaging with community health partners to provide education and outreach is critical for the high utilization of clinic services. Community engagement also makes health provision fiscally sound through adopting cost-sharing via community-based insurance schemes.
Our model also recognizes the role of technology to streamline patient operations and digital tools to connect rural health workers with urban hospitals. Patient records are managed via digital patient management platforms, which can be used across rural-urban health systems in cases of referrals.
This will be a two-pronged approach. It will entail financial and donations in kind resource mobilization, valued at 90 million Kes; and targeted preventive and health promotion activities for 18,000 most vulnerable families or households within Kibera/Kisumu/Mombasa. To achieve this, it has to urgently undertake the following strategies besides the right sizing. We can do more with less staff. We propose that HNP focus on 5000 HH with about 35,000 people over the next 3 years using cost recovery and revolving strategies to support start-up households (HH). We are proposing 5000 Kes investment per HH, providing a total project funding cost of 90m Kes. This is besides a 0.32 percent set aside funds for project support cost (estimated at 4.2m Kes annually). The exchange rate is $1.00 to 107 Kes.
Strategic focus 1: The emphasis will be on social behavior change communication for the whole household; and early stimulation and education for children 3-18 years.
The Key activities will include, the following:
- Awareness-raising on Covid-19 disease, danger signs; home care practices;
- Health promotion activities – hygiene (handwashing); dietary practices, masking and prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCD);
- Mental health and stress coping activities and in-door games from social distancing;
- Early stimulating activities for children 0-3 years
- School inbox support and eLearning for children 3-18 years
- Telehealth strategy to provide assistance from doctors that may be far away. Distribution of COVID-19 Screening kits. SolarFi has access to 15-minute rapid test kits.
- Making the project sustainable by addressing several of the UN’s SDG goals.
- Ensuring the promotion and adoption of eco-friendly measures where possible.
Strategic focus 2: The emphasis will be resource mobilization from individuals, corporate organizations (CSR), Institutions, and Government; besides strategic partnerships with some of these institutions in the implementation of the proposed activities.
The key activities will include:
- Mobilize Voluntary contributions - in cash and in-kind; along with community partnership
- County and national government investment and support (as part of the social safety net to the most vulnerable families)
- Private sector (Banks, Telecoms, Pharma and Major businesses) and the UN agencies strategic partnerships for social protection, access to IT services for families and their children; e-messaging; support to edutainment
- Income-generating activities and economic empowerment of identified and selected households from your database or Sacco in - a) soap making; b) face mask production; sanitizer retailing. This is besides ongoing initiatives such as water and sanitation services; laundry.