The women’s data is protected and they have control of their health records. It tracks the journey of pregnant women from their first hospital visit at 16 weeks and throughout their antenatal care, delivery and postnatal care (Dennehy is like an expectant father when we meet, awaiting the imminent news of the first child to be born within the scheme).
Dennehy is hopeful that the solution can be rolled out across Africa. PharmaAccess was one of three founders of M-TIBA (M stands for Mobile and Tiba means care in Swahili) and Dennehy believes AID:Tech’s platform could have a role here.
M-TIBA, which was launched in Kenya in 2015, is a mobile ‘health wallet’ that allows people to save, borrow, and share money for healthcare at low cost. Again, transparency and accountability are at the heart of the initiative, for all stakeholders, from the patient to the government. Alongside PharmaAccess, the other founders were mobile operator, Safaricom, and CarePay, a Kenyan mobile healthcare payments specialist.
In terms of where all of this is heading, Dennehy is hopeful of a scaling up of the Lebanese refugee solution which could incorporate a digital identification aspect as well. There are also studies looking at how the platform could be applied to welfare entitlements in the UK, initially focused on one London borough, and for the traditional traveller community in Ireland, plus another around remittances in Serbia.
The company is now launching an app, TraceDonate, which sends notifications to donors when their contributions have been delivered to the intended recipient. “We hope it will change the culture of giving,” says Dennehy. A website, www.tracedonate.com is live and the Irish Red Cross will be the first charity to support it, with the hope that others will follow, offering services with a “Powered by AID:Tech” label.
The company has had support from the likes of the Rockefeller Foundation, is an IBM partner and is part of Mastercard’s StartPath programme for start-ups. With TraceDonate, it will receive a transaction fee but with this charged to the charity so with no impact on the beneficiary.
These are still relatively early days for distributed ledger technology applied to development challenges such as these but AID:Tech, alongside others, is seeking to harness it for an increasingly diverse range of uses and the fit looks to be a good one.