Transforming Healthcare in Tanzania for Data Transparency

In 2012, a report by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) estimated that the market for health care in sub-Saharan Africa would more than double to $35bn by 2016.

The problem

In sub-Saharan Africa, the risk of maternal death is 1 in every 38, in comparison to 1 in every 3,700 in the developed world. The effects of accessible prenatal and postnatal care in affecting the health of mothers, newborns and children cannot be underestimated.

This is compounded by increasing pressure for providers to demonstrate impact and value for money.  But there continues to be persistent difficulty in capturing, managing and disseminating data-led information. Without demonstrable impact, the long-term sustainability of health care provisions and infrastructure development mechanisms in the developing world is being threatened.

The solution

In partnership with PharmAccess Foundation, AID:Tech deployed the world’s first blockchain solution for the delivery of medical entitlements to pregnant women – to transform antenatal care in Tanzania.

To date, the solution has achieved the following objectives.

  1. By providing mother-to-be with digital ID, the identities of mother and child are linked via the blockchain, establishing a lifelong connection.
  2. The digital IDs enable women to build personal medical profiles – using data accumulated from every visit made to clinics and when they receive medical entitlements.
  3. Leveraging the data that is accumulated on the blockchain platform, high-level administrative data is captured and visualised – to provide program implementers and donors with transparency over funding utilisation through data-led traceability.

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In partnership with PharmAccess Foundation