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Hewa Tele, an oxygen solution, has been able to help this situation, along with PPP (a first such venture in this space ruled by a monopolistic private market) with the local government to ensure greater penetration of the market while the private sector partners handle the headache of maintaining, delivering and training — 3 components necessary to initiate, improve and continue administration...
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Hewa Tele, an oxygen solution, has been able to help this situation, along with PPP (a first such venture in this space ruled by a monopolistic private market) with the local government to ensure greater penetration of the market while the private sector partners handle the headache of maintaining, delivering and training — 3 components necessary to initiate, improve and continue administration and optimal usage of oxygen, which despite being recommended as an essential drug.
How does your innovation work?
My solution has been the creation of multiple platforms to tackle neglected areas of the health system with the aim to improve access to affordable essential healthcare facilities in the region. I have founded a non-profit organization, Center of Public Health and Development (CPHD), and 3 social enterprises — Hewa Tele, MediQuip Global and Community Health Partners. In the process, it has emerged as a successful incubator of social enterprises. Hewa Tele has successfully made an essential and WHO-recommended drug such as oxygen cheaper and readily available. MediQuip Global has been equipping and maintaining the medical machinery. The matriarch, CPHD, has been driving changes I the public health system through policy-level, partnerships and human resource perspectives. We have piloted and initiated our solutions in Kenya. The problems it tackles are neither unique nor limited to Kenya and the region. Maternal, neonatal and child mortality are concerns that most developing nations have been battling for a long time. Our solutions can be applied and scaled up in any geography with similar context. The details of the initiative will need to be tweaked to make it most effective and acceptable in the new area. While Rwanda has also applied our oxygen initiative approach, the county along with Malawi, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania have opened its doors to our biomedical solutions team.
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Stage 5: Scaling

The oxygen solution team is in the final leg of the pilot stage and is already in the final negotiation stage of replicating the program in 2 more countries in 2016. The one plant functioning in Siaya county in Western Kenya has been supplying oxygen at 30-40% cheaper prices to more than 7 counties and 49 facilities of all levels in less than 2 years of operations. The social and financial returns of the initiative have been encouraging, prompting more than 15 counties in Kenya wanting to be a partner. The approach has already been applied in Rwanda, and the Hewa Tele team is hoping to take it to other countries in East Africa in the near future. The oxygen solution has also got traction in the global community and is part of an oxygen alliance participated by Clinton Global Initiative, UNICEF, CHAI, Gates Foundation, Just Action, Masimo, and several other organizations united to ensure oxygen for all. We are midway through our pilot program and by the end of it we will have increased the number of anesthetists in Kenya by 15%. The curriculum has already been accepted by the national medical training organization.
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Mar 2017
Funds RaisedVERIFIED
$712,180
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Kenya