Equipping healthcare providers in Kenya with the tools they need to manage pandemics safely
Ilara Health is working with peri-urban healthcare providers to confront COVID-19. Our response focuses on protecting and preparing small first-stop health facilities to better respond to COVID-19 through better equipment and tools for improved clinical decision support. This package will work to alleviate the burden to the public health sector by helping manage patient flow and promote information transfer.
What is the need are you focusing on?
As Africa faces the COVID-19 pandemic, lack of diagnostic tools, inadequate care and low levels of health education exacerbate the risks the outbreak poses in the continent. In Kenya, 60% of patients are served by small peri-urban clinics as the first point of care, however, these facilities are typically small and lack appropriate diagnostic equipment, resulting in patients travelling to urban centres for diagnostics and treatment. This is at best an inconvenience to the patient, and at worse, a delay in treatment that could lead to deterioration in the patient’s health. Urban, public health centres in developing countries such as Kenya now face unprecedented strain. Without support, they will become overburdened with increased patient flow caused by COVID-19. A lack of information transfer between facilities compounds the problem further, as clinics lack robust data collection tools many patients require repeat testing, which leads to missed opportunities to improve health outcomes.