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Corona Virus Testing Mobile Clinic in at-risk Neighborhoods across Nigeria

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Our mission at Rubi Health is to bring next-generation diagnostics and medical delivery to the at-risk Neighborhoods of people who believe in the right of every human being to receive quality care. The aim of our work is to lower the burden of Covid-19 pandemic on existing medical infrastructure through improved early prevention, detection, and treatment of those at risk of this condition.

What is the need are you focusing on?

In order to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus, we need as many people as possible to get tested for COVID-19. But at the moment, this is a very difficult thing to achieve in Nigeria as the number of cases and death increases on a daily basis. We need a proactive measure at the grassroots level to get as many people tested. This is where Rubi Health Mobile clinic comes in.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider
  • Sharing an actual pivot your organization has already made

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

Rubi Health, in partnership with Abeokuta Local government, is taking COVID-19 testing on the road. During these difficult times, it’s important to make coronavirus testing accessible to everyone. That’s why Rubi Health is bringing Rapid COVID-19 testing to various locations around Ogun State, Nigeria. The mobile clinic is designed to quickly and safely screen people with cough, fever, shortness of breath, flu or COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). All patients visiting our mobile COVID-19 testing clinic receive rapid COVID-19 tests on-site. Rapid COVID-19 tests are the fastest available molecular point-of-care test for the detection of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Rubi Health leverages existing resources within the healthcare system and uses it to connect on a grassroots level. What this means is we establish partnerships across stakeholders- from clinics, to the government, and the public health system. We provide incentives to get everyone involved despite their differences.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

Testing is important because asking people with mild symptoms just to stay home will lead to more infections in the household and community. If tested and positive, people can either be isolated in a facility (like in China/Vietnam) or put on strict home isolation (which they are more likely to adhere to if they know they have the virus for sure). When resources are limited and when the healthcare system is overloaded, however, you don’t want a lot of non-sick people coming to health facilities and risking contagion. Rubi Health leverages existing resources within the healthcare system and uses it to connect on a grassroots level. What this means is we establish partnerships across stakeholders- from clinics to the government, and the public health system. We provide incentives to get everyone involved despite their differences to ensure patients have every available option to them, but they agree on the basic need for this program as a way to prevent unnecessary strain.

What is the name of your business or organization?


What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

Prior to COVID-19, Rubi Health was a novel digital healthcare platform that connects therapist to women health consumers in real-time, addressing the needs of the 85% of Nigerian women who lack access to affordable & quality mental healthcare. Rubi Health also provides virtual staffing of psychiatrist and therapists into clinical settings experiencing shortages or seeking a more flexible approach to managing their entities. We also provide clinicians in private practice with free use of our secure WebRTC enabled video platform, which has been optimized for the unique requirements of telehealth. We are launching our mobile unit to ensure more people get tested for the novel Corona Virus.

What is your profession?

We are a group of doctors, nurses, and technology professional. We are using our skills to help make the world a better place.

Where are you located (country)?


Where are you located (region)?

  • Western Africa

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Healthcare/Medical

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 1-2 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Social Enterprise

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Grassroots/Community Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • No

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

Funding to put our mobile units in shape is the key barrier for us right now. Our goal is to establish as many as possible mobile units to serve our neighbourhoods.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

That we can create a new service to serve the base of the pyramid in a sustainable way. Our primary customers are rural and peri-urban Nigerian earning less than $2 a day at-risk. These individuals live in communities without current access to hospitals, doctors, or pharmacies within 20 kilometres.

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?


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Photo of Michelle Florian

This is a great pivot - widespread testing will be essential for fighting this pandemic. I'm curious to know which on-site test for COVID-19 you plan to use for your mobile clinic?

Photo of Abigail Michael

Hi Michelle,
Thank you for your question. One of the success story from West Africa in the last weeks is the development of a $1 test kit that has been developed in Senegal and it is currently been used. Our goal is to build on that innovation, create partnership with Senegal CDC to get it deployed in Nigeria. Furthermore, The small West African country has also embarked on 3D printing of ventilators that cost about $ 60 compared to imported ones costing $16,000 ventilator costs. Creating this sort of partnership will not only help us to get many people tested, but will also allow for effective treatment of cases.

We will also be considering other international partnerships, for instance with Abbot in the United States. They have developed a test kit that delivers accurate results in under 15 minutes. Our goal is to rapidly deploy all of these innovations to save lives quickly in Africa