Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital in partnership with digital platform M-TIBA and well being group PharmAccess have unveiled ‘Tunza Mama’: a reduced service that empowers ladies to entry care all through their being pregnant journey in a transfer anticipated to assist enhance maternal care.
Maternal care in East Africa stays weak in comparison with international requirements. Out-of-pocket well being funds are a significant barrier to accessing healthcare, particularly for these with decrease incomes.
In accordance with Angela Siteyi, Improvements Director PharmAccess: ‘’Sub-Saharan Africa alone accounts for round 70% of maternal deaths worldwide. We purpose to increase Tunza Mama quickly to empower ladies to entry inexpensive and high quality care throughout their being pregnant, with out having to forego care attributable to prices. Through the use of expertise, we’re capable of join the mom and well being professionals for steady engagement, well timed interventions, higher affected person experiences and outcomes’’.
By means of PharmAccess, the well being facility has entry to determination help instruments that empower them to watch, talk, schedule visits and personalize the being pregnant expertise for every particular person mom.
Tunza Mama service encourages ladies to return for antenatal care early of their being pregnant. It additionally helps them to go to the power extra ceaselessly, by making companies cheaper the extra instances the mom comes for check-ups.
The service, which runs on the M-TIBA cell platform, was at present launched and pioneered at Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital in Nairobi. Tunza Mama might be scaled to different well being suppliers in Kenya regularly, over the course of this 12 months.
‘’Cellular expertise has the potential to enhance the well being outcomes for moms and their infants’’, says Moses Kuria, Managing Director M-TIBA. ‘’The M-TIBA platform connects services and sufferers and facilitates funds in an environment friendly method. In that manner, moms can entry the care they want at an inexpensive price. Furthermore, with Tunza Mama, moms know upfront what they’ll count on when it comes to prices and companies, giving them peace of thoughts throughout their being pregnant, in addition to after their child is born’’.
Tunza Mama covers moms from the primary check-up to supply and immunization, till the child reaches two years of age. With the service, PharmAccess and M-TIBA hope to extend the variety of expectant moms accessing being pregnant care at Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital.
Dr George Kiere, ObsGyn at Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital: “To establish any potential dangers for moms and infants, early and common check-ups are important. We see that moms miss check-ups due to monetary challenges. The Tunza Mama bundle permits each high quality and amount of care. It lowers the general price of care and most significantly: it reduces the dangers for pregnancy-related issues for moms and infants.”
PharmAccess goals to make inclusive well being markets work in sub-Saharan Africa. PharmAccess focuses on the foundation causes that hamper well being care financing and investments in direction of equitable and high quality well being care in sub-Saharan Africa. Working as an innovator and catalyst for pragmatic options that may be adopted, tailored, and scaled by companions.
By means of public-private partnerships, PharmAccess focusses on; selling primary medical insurance plans and different modern demand-side financing choices to guard individuals from monetary hardship; introducing high quality requirements and enchancment methodologies for well being care suppliers to extend transparency and stimulate efficiencies; facilitating and stimulating loans, enterprise help, and investments for personal well being care suppliers, and innovating value-based well being care options and financing, utilizing knowledge to empower well being care shoppers, sufferers, medical doctors and financiers alike.