The World Health Organisation aims to transform healthcare in Kenya
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently revealed its desire for Kenya to a adopt affordable, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) model for all of its citizens within the next five years.
Collaborating with the Government of Kenya, the importance of affordable healthcare has become a main driver for the country, and one in which Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has stated to be one of the main areas of focus out of the four pillars he has issued surrounding future growth for the country.
The other three pillars encompass affordable housing, food security and increased employment opportunities for its citizens, particularly within manufacturing as part of Kenya’s 2030 Vision.
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“Universal Health Coverage is a priority to the World Health Organisation and so I am happy that the President of Kenya has listed it among the four pillars in his second term I therefore want to assure him that WHO is fully in support of that agenda,” observed WHO General Director Tedros Adhanon.
Arriving in Kenya to ascertain the steps in which Kenya needs to take to address its developing healthcare model, Adhanon will work to further its partnership with the country and strengthen its position within the healthcare sphere, creating a UHC model which works for all.
“We have a relatively young population in Kenya and I see no reason why we cannot achieve our health target,” observed President Uhuru Kenyatta. “But it is not just about access, neither is it about infrastructure or management of the health systems.”
The move to adopt a UHC model would support the country in the midst of growing healthcare issues. The rise of diseases, such as influenza and respiratory conditions have impacted all areas of growth across Kenya. Consequently, the country is looking at ways in which to transform its current healthcare model through increased investment across a number of areas.
On the rise: Doktor.se
1. Doktor.se launches as a digital healthcare platform in Sweden in 2016. The company's focus is on the B2B market, with a mission to help members find, book and get access to healthcare services through telehealth and telephone calls.
2. The company offers healthcare services through its app as well as at bricks and mortar clinics. After raising more than €40 million in a funding round in May 2020 to expand its operations both nationally and overseas, CEO and founder Martin Lindman says there are plans to enter new markets at the beginning of 2021.
3. Belgium becomes the fifth market where Doktor.se provides telemedicine, through Belgium's communications company Proximus Group. It becomes the second most downloaded doctor app in Europe, and over 1.2 million patient consultations are carried out, either through the app or at physical clinics in Sweden. Throughout 2020 it administers over 250,000 COVID-19 antibody tests in Sweden.
4. Doktor.se is the most popular digital healthcare in Sweden, used by approximately one-tenth of the country's population. New funds are raised to offer improved services for mental health and chronic illnesses, and to expand digital services and acquire physical services to integrate into its digital platforms with the aim of creating a hybrid model.
5. The company announces €29.5 million in funding from Chinese technology multinational Tencent Holdings. Doktor.se say the funds will be used to make its global healthcare services more efficient, accessible and affordable.
The platform now employs nurses, doctors and specialist doctors, psychologists, and physiotherapists, and is available across Europe and in Brazil.
6. Over 1.5 million people are currently using healthcare apps developed by Doktor.se, either run by the company or through its SaaS licensing business. There are around 900 people employed by the company, and Doktor.se say that the productivity of medical staff using the platform is up to four times greater than those working in traditional services.