Patient-centric GIS app to track real-time hospital bed availability and support services integrated with interactive forum for patients and survivors.
Our vision is that the website www.myhealthafrica.com (and mobile app in development) will provide a means for patients, caregivers and communities to access information that will help empower them and enable them play a key role in their care. Key themes are:
· Identify country hotline numbers and current Ebola Treatment Units, Isolation/Holding Centers (and Burial/Cremation sites near them) through the map-tracking tool.
· Access real-time (facility) bed availability so families/patients can plan where to seek treatment
· Watch and read the testimonials and stories of others who have survived this disease to provide hope and mitigate stigmatization
· Connect with each other via an interactive discussion forum for patients/survivors
Currently, there are numerous reports of people traveling great distances in search of care for loved ones/family members infected with Ebola only to be turned away at the treatment units due to a lack of available beds. There have also been reports of under-utilization of facilities as a result of lack of awareness and fear. We are exploring collaborations with local partners in each affected country to support the back-end development of a real-time tracking system to redirect patients to the closest hospitals with available beds. In addition, the site will better inform care-seekers on the availability of resources. In the event that beds aren’t available, our interactive forum will offer guidance on supportive means of care.
My Health Africa - Ebola Treatment Units, Resources for Patients
We also provide a platform where patients, caregivers and survivors can share their experiences and learn from each other. Survivors can share their inspirational stories by post and video as well.