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RIM launches iAfya mobile health app for BlackBerry smartphones in Kenya
TT Correspondent |  |  20 Aug 2012

RIM has launched Avallain, an online education specialist that uses ICT to positively impact human development, announced a new mobile health app for BlackBerry smartphone customers in Kenya.

 

The iAfya app allows users to quickly and easily find comprehensive and trusted health information and resources at their fingertips from any location, which is ideal for people living and working in remote areas.

 

According to analyst firm, Informa Telecoms and Media, the number of people in Africa with access to mobile phones is over 560 million and exceeds those with access to the Internet by nearly five to one. Well designed, easy-to-use mobile applications therefore have a critical role in extending basic healthcare information to under-served communities.

 

The app was developed by Avallain to support the iAfya foundation, which is contributing to the long-term goals for mobile health services in Kenya.  Avallain designed the iAfya app content according to Kenyan government guidelines to meet the highest quality standards, which are provided by the Ministry of Medical Services and the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation.

"Access to even basic health information can be expensive and complicated for many people in our society. iAfya provides a platform where people can access health information at their convenience for free,” explained Shelmith Mumbi, Avallain's Content Manager.

Connecting community health workers is important to help improve health care in Kenya. The iAfya app will also enable health workers in the field to access relevant and up to date health information while on the go, and help to improve service delivery.

Waldi Wepener Regional Director for East, West and Central Africa at Research In Motion added, “According to Canalys, the BlackBerry brand continues to lead Africa in terms of smartphone adoption.”

    
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20 Aug 2012(IST)  
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It's interesting to compare the health-care benefits that have evolved from the mobile communication revolution. In the West it was responsible for the spread of Facebook Fever (and others), a nihilistic pandemic resulting, in extreme cases, of information that embarrass your relatives. Whereas in Africa it becomes an invaluable tool in distributing scarce medical resources to the wider population. Few people in the West realise the extraordinary contribution mobile communications offers to the social and economic progress of these emerging nations where the pandemic is OPTIMISM. BlackBerries are a super food. The BlackBerry is a super tool.
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