Microsoft Partners with African Startups to Proffer Solutions to Health Needs amidst the Pandemic

This year has been like a never-ending nightmare; the one where you wake up with heavy palpitations and sweats beads dribbling down your face in their thousands, only to find out that you’re still in that dream, only in another phase and you’re about to be thrown down from the peak of a skyscraper. The history books have embraced a whole different kind of story; one that would be told over and again for years to come.

But just like every other story, there are two sides to this one. Right beside all of the gruesome information on the news, detailing the chaos and havoc that the Coronavirus has wreaked upon humanity since the beginning of the global crisis are other hope-inspiring news of people aligning like never before, and organizations giving what seems to be their all in the fight against one common enemy.

There has been a huge influx of contributions in the form of idea generation, donation of resources; both in material and in cash as well as an impressive number of volunteers who have had to give themselves up to run frontline operations.

In the midst of the crisis, Microsoft4Afrika has shown utmost dedication towards supporting healthcare partners across the continent as they adapt their platforms and services to suit current needs.

Under the banner of the 4Afrika initiative, Microsoft has formed partnerships with several healthcare providers within and beyond the borders of the African continent. All of these healthcare providers have benefitted from Microsoft’s deep pool of resources and have been able to utilize the said resources in achieving their desired results most especially during the pandemic.

One of Microsoft’s notable partnerships in this regard has been with BroadReach. The company is currently one of the fastest-growing institutions using Microsoft’s cloud service in South Africa. The partnership between Microsoft and BroadReach has birthed new solutions to quick identification of risks and opportunities through an integrated cloud platform called Vantage.

With the adoption of AI, machine learning, big data, and cloud computing, BroadReach has aided a significant amount of health results in supported areas. The company has helped immensely by integrating data, instantly, from a pool of sources and delivering real-time data, actionable insights, and step by procedural implementation guidelines to encourage effectiveness.

During the COVID-19 crisis, BroadReach has used its cloud services, built, on Azure to aggregate data from thousands of health workers and immediately upload it on Vantage. In turn, Vantage uses advanced analytics to provide leaders with relevant information on how to face the looming effects of the pandemic.

In addition to this, predictive analysis can be used to forecast and monitor hotspots of the outbreak. This is an essential tool as it can aid prompt decision making and timely distribution or allocation of essential medical kits to affected areas; creating a better chance for fast treatment and consequently reducing the already screeching death rate.

Other partnerships.

Asides from the partnership with BroadReach which has been blooming with results, Microsoft has also teamed up with Raphta to provide safe biometric options. Raphta has made its Shuri Face Contactless Biometrics solutions to health facilities like; hospitals, clinics, and other buildings for thermal screening in order to limit contact and reduce the spread of the virus. Raphta is currently running its maiden operations at the Netcare Gardens Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, and at Kenyatta Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Also, Pakistanis Sehat Kahani takes another approach to cater to the needs of citizens during the pandemic. The startup aims to deliver quality healthcare solutions digitally through its app that features an all-female health provider network. This digital health service, broadly referred to as Telemedicine has become more prominent since the wake of the Covid-19 as it constitutes a viable means of patient treatment considering our current realities.

Through its platform, Sehat Kahani has been able to enlighten more than 1 million users on the Coronavirus. And has interfaced with more than 6000 patients to offer medical advice. The number of its staff currently stands at 160 with all of them being female.

Technology indeed is an enabler and has proven to be the bedrock for the future that we seek to create. And with all of the notable innovations that have come out of the African continent within the past few months, we can say that we are well on our way to harnessing all of her potentials and creating a better world for us and the rest of earth’s inhabitants.


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