Poor accessibility to healthcare among EAC cross-border truckers, traders and border resident populations as a result of their remote residency and work settings, exposes them to great medical risks which in-turn increases the risk of cross border disease and/or epidemics transmission across East Africa affecting integration and cross-border trade. LyfPlus is a telemedicine platform that integrates virtual physician consultation, hospital appointment booking, diagnosis and e-prescription with various healthcare providers to allow users to access important medical services instantly and conveniently in one platform.
With support and collaboration with the EAC-GIZ Incubator for Integration and Development in East Africa (IIDEA) and the African Development Bank Group through its Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Multi-Donor Trust Fund, LyfPlus Limited launched the “EAC Cross-Border Telemedicine Platform”, with the aim to improve healthcare accessibility along the East African transport corridors for vulnerable population groups including pregnant women and children, cross-border truck drivers, traders, and border residents along East African borders for safer integration and cross-border trading.
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In 2017 village areas along Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania border points including Malaba, Busia, Mtukula, Katuna and Sirare had higher prevalence of diseases and epidemics than the general populations in the respective countries. Tuberculosis prevalence was 4% higher and HIV was 7% higher prevalent in these villages. Among cross-border truck drivers travelling along Mombasa to Kampala and Kampala to Juba route, HIV prevalence was 18% higher than the national prevalence of Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan respectively. These statistical data portray the close interrelated relationship between cross-border truck drivers and EAC crossborder intra-regional disease/epidemic transmission.
To implement an online platform that facilitates medical services to crossborder truck drivers, traders and border resident communities in improving healthcare accessibility along East African borders, for safer integration and cross-border trading
A fully integrated online platform that facilitates continuity of obstetric care to pregnant women living in Elegu, Busia and Akanyaru border points, and mental health consultation to cross-border truck rivers and traders implemented, for safer integration and cross border trading.
Mr. William Mduma during an information seminar with doctors in Dar es Salaam, presented available opportunities over cross-border telemedicine services, and their benefits both for healthcare providers and patients (Wednesday 3rd November 2021).
Currently the LyfPlus team is rolling-out the first version of the integrated platform for testing (in android operating system and web) and has onboarded a few doctors for the same. The project will also onboard a select group of patients necessary for product validation in assessment of the platform towards reaching product market-fit (PMF).
The Telemedicine Platform (Web & Mobile)