Liam Donovan: 7th Dec
Why a health solution?
Back in July, we conducted our inaugural month in Malawi, working towards a community health solution.
That month proved to be highly successful with the team on the ground identifying the following key health issues:
- Low health education
- Congested healthcare system
- Access barriers
After significant empathising and ideating, a potential health solution was identified in the form of a cognitive learning technology that aids in the process of diagnosis. Preliminary testing of these cognitive platforms inspired interest from various stakeholders and hence, a direction for the health project was formed.
A Potential Solution
The December team is currently testing a pre-diagnostic app to attain more data regarding its accuracy, efficiency and usability, hoping to capitalize on the technology and its development in the future.
Their aim is to create a sustainable health solution first with the local community of Blantyre, Malawi, and then scale across Africa.
Such a solution must:
- Allow autonomy over the way individuals seek care
- Increase Malawian health literacy
- Enable affordable, convenient access to health advice
- Remove the physical barrier of congestion in healthcare
Photo: Claire Bushrod.Team leader Ella empathises with local women in Blantyre
State Of Health Clinics
We have re-established relationships with the NAYO clinic in Nancholi,
a clinic central to providing general medical services, palliative care and community care services to the community of Nancholi.
Clinics like the NAYO clinic typically receive 100-200 patients each day, with only one or two health professionals working at a time, a commonality throughout Blantyre’s healthcare system. With the addition of having limited resources, pharmaceutical supply chain disruptions and poor communication with pathology labs for results, this results a multitude of factors that are not conducive to providing adequate healthcare.
Avenues To Optimise A Rural Health Solution In Malawi
Being early stage, there are currently many possible avenues the project can take. Two currently being considered include:
1) The possibility of obtaining the API’s of existing medical diagnostic applications to facilitate the creations of our own minimal viable product pre-diagnosis application
2) Establishing a commercial partnership with medical businesses to act as foreign distributors of our product and receive a commision that is linked to their revenue streams.
December Team’s Thoughts
This project’s success lies in our ability to assess the viability, accuracy and efficiency of these pre-diagnostic app’s in Malawi and hence our focus is currently on navigating the healthcare system to implement testing and begin building out a tangible health solution.
There are many areas of this project that have massive potential to affect more than just the health of Malawians. This includes:
- Reducing frequency of unnecessary hospital visits
- Reducing spending on unnecessary medication
- Reducing side effects from unnecessary medication
- Reducing spending on travel
- Increasing autonomy for self-care self-education
The December team continue their tremendous work on designing the health solution with dedication, excitement and optimism in the wonderful country that is Malawi.
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