IIDEA partner EANNASO (Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS and Health Service Organizations) launched the East Africa Afya Health Digital platform on 29th June, 2020.
The launch was attended by almost 130 participants, including the relevant health organisations in the region, civil society organisations and the Media.
Afya is an online digital platform mapping health service centers along EAC borders. Residents and travelers can easily view on their mobile phones or laptops which health facilities offering the required essential services are within reach. The service starts by mapping the services along the border of Tanzania and Kenya, but will be extended to other EAC Partner States later.
Ms Olive Mumba of EANNASO underlined that many people contributed to the development of this platform. She thanked especially the EAC Secretariat Health Department for their involvement since the inception of the project, and German Development Cooperation through GIZ for their trust in the viability of this novel application and the financial support.
Ms Joyce Kevin Abalo, GIZ Senior Advisor IIDEA, emphasized that in a pandemic, factual information is crucial to public health, safety and well-being. “I commend EANNASO for taking up the COVID19 challenge and adapt its health platform to include the #COVID19 treatment centres. This is very useful information for East African citizens who travel across the region.”
Joyce thanked the EANNASO Team and the EAC Health Department for their great work and urged East African citizens to use this platform to their advantage and share the information on this services to their networks, so that as many East Africans as possible could enjoy the services of this platform.
The Afya digital health platform is available at https://afyadigital.health/