As a young innovator and entrepreneur in the IT sector, I want to use health service quality data to provide access to better healthcare services - especially to medicines - for the poorer people who generally seek care at public health facilities so that we can SAVE: save time, save money, save lives by ensuring that people get affordable medicines at their public health facilities in a timely manner.
Access to quality health care and information
Bukhary Haruna Kibonajoro, Muslim Haruna Kibonajoro, Haji Issa Rubibi, and Selemani Haruna Kibonajoro
Software that can automatically track medical supplies in real time from Medical Stores Department (MSD) to local hospitals, dispensaries and health centers, and can be used simultaneously by Health Facilities, Local Government Authorities, Ministry of Health, Tanzania Medical Stores Department (MSD, local/Zonal/National) and citizens in a certain local area. This system is being piloted in two municipalities and needs to be scaled up.
OKOA has been implemented at all public health facilities in Kigoma Ujiji Municipal Council. In one month, the website received 2,264 visitors who checked for medicines availability and queue state at health facilities. This equaled 35% of patients who visited the health facilities. Now, OKOA is expanding to the 34 public health facilities in Kyela District Council and adding a USSD service to reach lower income users who do not have access to the internet. Our team also intends to integrate OKOA with existing health systems such as GoT-HOMIS, Epicor 9 and ELMS for better data availability and decision-making.