African Centre for eHealth Excellence (Acfee)
Acfee believes in, and supports, eHealth’s role in transforming African healthcare systems for better health for Africans. Two core Acfee objectives are to develop eHealth leadership and people’s eHealth capacity so countries can build and sustain effective eHealth programmes.
Acfee is a non-profit organisation based in South Africa. It’s self-funded through its African collaborations. Acfee’s academic partners include Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Science (FMHS) and Monash South Africa.
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African Development Bank (AfDB)
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is a multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries. The AfDB was founded in 1964. The AfDB’s mission is to fight poverty and improve living conditions on the continent through promoting the investment of public and private capital in projects and programs that are likely to contribute to the economic and social development of the region.
Health and the provision of quality health services for all are vital to the growth and prosperity of Africa. Africa has 6 out of 10 fastest growing economies but it also has the highest disease burden in the world. The AfDB invests in health systems that provide access to quality services for all and health industries that foster economic growth, technological innovation and job creation.
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Amref Health Africa is an international African organisation headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. They are committed to improving the health of people in Africa by partnering with and empowering communities, and strengthening health systems.
Amref Health Africa has over 54 years’ experience in health development. In 1957, three surgeons founded the Flying Doctors Service of East Africa, laying the foundation for what is now one of the continent’s leading health development and research organisations. Today, Amref Health Africa implements its projects through country programmes in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, South Sudan and South Africa. Training and consulting support are provided to an additional 30 African countries.
Amref Health Africa believes that by focusing on the health of women and children, the health of the whole community can be improved. They are concerned with skilled care of mothers before, during and after childbirth; prevention and treatment of cervical cancer, and proper management of childhood illnesses. Their main areas of intervention are maternal and child health; HIV and Tuberculosis; safe water and sanitation; malaria; and essential clinical care.
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Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Cupertino, California, that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, online services, and personal computers. Its best-known hardware products are the Mac line of computers, the iPod media player, the iPhone smartphone, the iPad tablet computer, and the Apple Watch smartwatch.
It has recently ventured into the healthcare sector and many believe they will be responsible for revolutionizing healthcare. Apple’s interest in healthcare and fitness tracking is evident in its latest innovations including Healthbook, HealthKit and ResearchKit.
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Aviro Health is a Medicine, Design and Technology company that creates digital tools to improve the quality of medical intervention. Aviro Health grew out of a need to create practical, innovative and implementable solutions for our African healthcare context. They put design based approaches to improve the quality of medical intervention in the public and private sectors. They identify solutions and new ways to support the medical community by identifying constraints, challenges and real life scenarios. They help medical and health organizations build creative culture and internal systems required to sustain innovation and groundbreaking ideas. They design products, services, spaces and interactive experiences that shape the medical field in Africa and across the globe. They solve systemic problems, identify hidden opportunities and bring new products and solutions to market in the healthcare field.
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Banda Health is a multinational team of programmers, doctors and business professionals passionate about transforming healthcare through technology. Banda Health believes that if African healthcare professionals in low-resource settings had access to great software - instead of paper records and Excel sheets - they could dramatically improve the care they’re able to offer their patients.
In 2015, Banda Health completed Phase One of OpenHMIS Prime, an integrated business and clinical solution ideal for clinic-level institutions. They leveraged OpenMRS and added Cashier and Inventory modules. OpenHMIS Prime harnesses the powerful engine that is OpenMRS, adds features to meet specific business requirements of clinics across Africa, and delivers a powerful tool allowing clinics to simultaneously collect meaningful clinical data and manage scarce resources. Banda Health is currently piloting OpenHMIS Prime in one clinic and one 126-bed church hospital in Kenya. The OpenHMIS Prime software has also been downloaded by others globally over 1,600 times; it has demonstrated its ability to improve inventory control and financial sustainability by saving surprising amounts of money through better resource management.
But clinics that can “see what they are doing” using standards-based data are only the beginning. Banda Health is actively sourcing funding for and developing hospital-level tools capable of utilizing that same quality of data. These tools include: a robust suite of core clinical databases for major clinical service disciplines; a platform integrating existing best-in-class enterprise resource planning (ERP), laboratory, radiology, pharmacy and related solutions with the OpenMRS clinical database; a locally-appropriate electronic medical records system for select use cases; multiple mobile interfaces; and an integrated predictive intelligence clinical diagnostic tool. Two OpenMRS-based clinical solutions are scheduled for completion in 2017: a Pediatric Surgery and Neurosurgery database and an inpatient Internal Medicine teaching, patient tracking and audit database.
Banda Health is convinced that healthcare teams in the world’s lowest-resource settings don’t need someone to tell them how to do their job better. They just need to be able to get their hands on clean, timely data, and then they can figure out for themselves how to better care for their patients, maximize their resources and train their future colleagues.
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Cardiio is a health technology company born out of MIT and works on solutions to make physiological sensing frictionless. It provides mobile and cloud-based software that turns ordinary cameras into biosensors, allowing people to use the devices they already own to gain insight and take charge of their wellbeing.
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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE JOINS THE FIGHT AGAINST CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
Cardiologs’ services bring cardiology expertise closer to health professionals and assist them in the management of patients with cardiac disorders.
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CARE fights poverty by improving the health of millions of the world’s poorest people.Through long-term health care and education programmes, as well as immediate medical assistance in emergencies, their programmes aims to create long lasting change.
Their work on health particularly focuses on mothers and children, who often are the most vulnerable to disease and malnutrition. Their work focuses on reproductive health issues as well as children's health, nutrition, infectious diseases and water and sanitation.
Thier other reproductive health programmes focus on family planning, antenatal care, access to services, and prevention, detection and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and AIDS.
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Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO)
The CTO is an international organisation with a number of African member countries. CTO has two broad categories of members: Countries, and ICT Sector Members. Full Member Countries are member states of the Commonwealth that have given an undertaking to make an annual payment to the CTO; Member countries are all other member states of the Commonwealth. ICT Sector Members pay an annual membership fee and include other government departments or regulators, private sector companies, civil society organisation, international organisations, and other entities that share the CTO’s objectives.
According to its constitution, the CTO has four main purposes:
- To support the development and use of ICTs within the Commonwealth and beyond;
- To promote the provision and use of ICTs to meet the needs of members, to support development in Member countries, and to ensure the inclusion of marginalised people;
- To promote effective cooperation and partnership amongst its members and other organisations; and
- To develop and implement activities to promote the above three objectives.
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