Securing off-grid electricity supply for Curafa™ points of care for integrated healthcare services to improve sustainability and continuity of healthcare in underserved populations in rural areas.
Like most emerging economies, Kenya faces major challenges regarding availability, access, affordability and awareness of healthcare, with a large proportion of the population not receiving essential health services such as maternal and child care, or infectious disease control.
Addressing such challenges requires a mix of business model innovations and the introduction of novel technologies. With PREO funding, CURAFA™ have embraced an innovative, sustainable business model to improve access to quality healthcare at affordable prices. CURAFA™ points of care is a platform for integrated primary healthcare services and a space for co-creation with fellow innovators. The CURAFA™ platforms are managed and operationalised by local pharmacists and nurses, who provide clinical and pharmaceutical services, powered by rooftop solar energy systems installed at the CURAFA™ facilities to ensure consistent power supply.
This joint project – Access Afya – will see five primary healthcare facilities, located in the Kajiado, Machakos and Kiambu counties, equipped with stable power supply for their general operations (light, refrigerator, TVs and wireless router) and in particular for charging tablet PCs and e-health devices which are essential tools for managing the stock and for patients’ data management.
Ultimately Access Afya aims to contribute to creating a world where primary healthcare will be available to everyone everywhere.