The mNutrition Initiative aimed at developing and scaling-up the delivery of nutrition messages through health and agriculture mobile phone platforms. With this, The Medical Concierge Group (TMCG) partnered with International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), GSM Association, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), BMJ, OXFAM and Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) to harness the power of mobile technologies to improve access to information on nutrition – specific behaviors as well as nutrition-sensitive health practices especially for women and children less than 5 years.
A total of 14 countries, including 10 countries in Africa (Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia) and four countries in South Asia (four out of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and / or Myanmar) are beneficiaries of this initiative. According to Edwin Kangethe, the Project Officer mNutrition, International Livestock Research Institute as a result of this collaboration a total of 150 messages across the 7 Knowledge Domains were created, later reviewed and given approval by the Ministry of Health.
Maternal and Neonatal Child Health
Faster to Zero Project.Through the Ministry of Health Uganda, Health Enabled and Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric Foundation, The Medical Concierge Group is developing digital health tools to achieve the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (EMTCT).
The initiative addresses critical gaps in EMTCT through the introduction of digital health tools to support HIV positive pregnant women, new mothers and health providers to improve the quality of HIV care and reduce loss to follow up. TMCG is working closely with the Makerere University School of Public Health under the METS Project to integrate these digital health tools with UgandaEMR, the national repository for patients.
TMCG partnered with LVCT Health and PS Kenya to deliver a Mobile Health (mHealth) service to support the uptake of HIV Self Testing (HIVST) and linkage into HIV prevention and treatment services among adolescents and young adults in Kenya. The service comprises the use of a call centre for a helpline, two way SMS consultations, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) with pre recorded content and intelligent chatbots on social media to provide relevant HIVST information, counseling support and linkage to HIV treatment and prevention services. This is the first-of-its- kind implementation of mHealth in HIVST in Africa.
TMCG supported the RHITES-N, Lango and HIWA USAID funded projects to meet targets in the area of Tuberculosis (TB) through leveraging on digital solutions. Mobile phone based content on Tuberculosis awareness for example signs and symptoms was developed and curated for access by target beneficiaries. SMS reminders for clients on anti TB treatment for scheduled medicine refills helped improve adherence and completion of TB treatment in supported projects.
Non Communicable Diseases
Non Communicable Diseases such as Hypertension, Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can be prevented with appropriate interventions in lifestyle, diet and physical exercise. NCDs are projected to become the leading cause of death by 2030. The advancement of wireless technologies now make it possible to remotely measure vital signs and have the results wirelessly and securely transmitted to your healthcare provider.
Lifestyles are changing and as a result so are the needs of the patients we serve. New modes of patient engagement and care that foster more patient freedom and on-demand support are steadily becoming the norm. The explosive growth of the ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’ has opened up new ways to improve the lives of patients especially those with with chronic illnesses like Diabetes and Hypertension.
Internet enabled devices now make it possible to monitor patient blood glucose, pulse, blood pressure and other vital signs remotely to trigger the appropriate support. This remote support comprises voice/video consultations with our call centre medical teams to discuss the readings, reminders for scheduled hospital visit, home visits by mobile medical teams and electronic information exchanges with their specialist doctors for further action.