Leveraging on mobile technology to improve access to quality health services for Women and children under 5 in Kenya:
Health is a fundamental human right as well as an indicator for SDG 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages) by 2030. As defined by World Bank, the goal of Universal Health Coverage is to provide everyone with affordable access to quality health services. In line with WHO’s invitation for ‘Leaving no one behind’ the vision and commitment of the Kenyan Government through His Excellency the President to achieve UHC by 2022, is welcomed not only in Kenya but also globally. The Kenyan Constitution clearly supports attainment of UHC. As a result, the Kenyan government has developed strategies and frameworks including ‘Roadmap towards Universal Health Coverage 2018-2022’. The Kenya Health Sector Strategic and Investment Plan III 2018 and The Kenya National Health Policy 2014-2030 that outlines challenges and priorities in achieving UHC.
Innovative Partnership for Universal Sustainable Healthcare (iPUSH).
Amref Health Africa and PharmAccess Foundation have collaborated to change the healthcare landscape in Kenya through a UHC flagship model dubbed iPUSH. With a budget of € 11,700,000 from the Dutch Nationale Postcode Loterij (NPL) the program leverages on mobile technology to focus on inclusive health financing for Women of Reproductive Age (WRAs) in Kenya as well as increasing health knowledge on maternal and child health. Through a health wallet, the programme aims to empower low income communities in Kenya to effectively save for their health expenditure.