Prevention is a key element of the KimboCare strategy to deliver better access and outcomes for patients

Sustainable Health With Instant Access To Preventative Care

Over the past few decades, technological innovations (artificial intelligence, mobile technology, drones, etc.) have enabled significant advances in digital health in Africa. These advances have made the management of patients' access to healthcare faster, more reliable, and more efficient. 

KimboCare's work is part of this revolutionary move in the African health system, and answers the question of how to pay for healthcare for impoverished individuals. KimboCare intends to play a key role in the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by promoting Good Health and Wellbeing in developing countries. We explain how we fulfill this goal in detail below.

A Way To Send Healthcare Directly To Your Loved Ones

Most people want to know how to send money to Africa and their loved ones who live there. But there are not many solutions that don’t come with relatively high fees attached, or that don’t allow for the chance that the money will not be used for health care purposes. 

KimboCare is the ultimate solution for this problem. It is a digital platform that allows people living abroad to acquire "health credits'' for their loved ones faced with a financially vulnerable situation back home in Africa (e.g., Kenya, Cameroon, Senegal, Ivory Coast, etc.). These health credits allow those loved ones to benefit from a consultation delivered by a highly competent general practitioner or a specialist and much more. 

Since the end of 2019, KimboCare has been operational in Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon, and has established partnerships with local medical and paramedical structures. Through its missions and values, KimboCare focuses on three essential elements for a sustainable access to healthcare:

    1. Transparency And Immediate Access To Care

Thanks to its integrated, advanced technologies, KimboCare keeps you informed about your loved one's medical journey, which means you know exactly what your assistance is being used for. In addition, KimboCare notifies the medical facility in advance of the patient's arrival, ensuring your loved one is taken care of immediately without having to endure long waiting lines. The accelerated speed of care allows our patients to easily take time out of their day to visit the hospital, encouraging future initiative for more regular visits.

     2. Quality Of Care

Another element of the utmost importance to KimboCare is quality of care. Studies have shown that a poor patient experience can constitute a major obstacle to care access and health recovery. How many times have you had your loved one go to a hospital and be transferred over and over again because the technical infrastructure is insufficient or there is a lack of trained medical staff? Thanks to our innovative solution, however, it is now possible for those people dear to you to be cared for in a state-of-the-art medical facility by competent doctors, and to receive treatment or recommendations adapted to their pathology.

    3. Preventive Health

KimboCare's ambition is to encourage a more proactive approach to health. An example of a proactive health approach is allowing people to get regular check-ups to catch silent diseases. Due to limited financial means and other factors such as religious beliefs, many Africans (and people living in other financially vulnerable regions) tend to wait too long before they seek care and eventually find themselves faced with exorbitant medical bills. How many times have you gotten a call or whatsapp asking for urgent help because your loved one is in a very uncertain health condition and the hospital is billing thousands of dollars or euros to even admit them into the emergency room or reanimation block? How many times have you wished they hadn't waited for such a serious condition before calling you for help?

With KimboCare, a relative living abroad can now pre-purchase medical care and send it as a gift to a loved one back in their home country in Africa. Such services can be as basic as a general health check-up or a consultation with a certified doctor as soon as the first symptoms of disease appear in order to avoid any risk of complications and burdening medical expenses.

Aim For A Healthier Future For African Communities With Kimbocare

African governments have much to gain by supporting private initiatives like KimboCare in promoting the United Nations' sustainable goal of health and well-being. Through its vision and mission, KimboCare is aligned with this goal and encourages people to regain confidence in their healthcare system and adopt a more proactive approach to their personal health.

The African diaspora abroad also has everything to gain by supporting KimboCare. With our services, you are finally able to send the care your family desperately needs back home without all the hassles and scams associated with sending money. Together, let's work towards a healthier future for our loved ones and the underprivileged around the world.

Challenges of preventive health adoption in Africa

Access to health care in developing countries remains an issue of concern. In the aftermath of independence, several African countries, following a socialist logic, decided to promote free access to public services, particularly health services. However, the economic recession in the 1970s and 1980s led international institutions and governments to review their system of free health care provision. It is in this context that the 1987 Bamako initiative was born, aimed at liberalizing the African health system by giving patients full responsibility for covering their health costs. For the poorest households, this measure contributed to further accentuating their financial poverty. As a result of this initiative, between 5 and 30 percent of people still did not have access to healthcare in West Africa. How can this situation be explained? 

As far back as I can remember, I didn't like hospitals when I was younger. I remember one time I had a toothache and I had to go to a dentist. In the meantime, I had to pay the cable bill so I could watch a show I loved back then. I decided to ask my father for the cable money first. The next day, as my pain continued to grow, I asked my dad for money to go to the hospital. He was offended that I had chosen my hobby over my health, especially since it would be a few more days before he could have some money again.

This little anecdote highlights two elements: the prioritization of needs and the financial vulnerability of families. How do these two factors influence the choice of individuals to use health services?

Precarious financial situation

One of the first challenges of preventive health remains the financial situation of populations. In 2015, the rate of extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, i.e. the proportion of people living on less than $1 a day, was ~40%, according to the United Nations. Indeed, this precarious financial situation plays a determining role in the access to health care for the populations of the region. The scarce financial resources held by these households must be used to cover critical consumption expenses such as health, but also food, housing, clothing, transportation, drinking water, electricity, and many others. It is therefore essential for households to prioritize their needs and expenditures according to the urgency of the situation, leading to a range of responses to health problems.

Neglect of early symptoms

Then, neglecting the first symptoms also represents a hindrance to preventive health. Indeed, the frequent choice to ignore the first symptoms, in case of illness, is very common in most African countries. The disease is considered as a temporary pain that will fade with time, rest, or even oblivion (Inshallah!). This situation can last several days or even months without adequate treatment. "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger," some would say.

Less controlled medication or medicine

When the pain finally begins to be persistent and burning, many people still choose to put as little money as possible into it, ignoring a medical visit with trained specialists and turning to self-medication. As a result, most households resort to drugs sold on the street. This solution allows them to relieve their pain, is less expensive, and is easily accessible to everyone. However, the quality and storage conditions of these drugs are not always controlled and they are marketed without formal information on dosage or side effects. As a result, the medication prescribed can have a serious impact on the patient's general health by aggravating rather than curing their pain.

Finally, the use of traditional medicine is also a barrier to access to health services. Nearly 80% of African households use traditional medicine, especially in rural areas. This can be explained by the scarcity of hospitals or trained medical personnel and the precarious financial situation of the people concerned. So what is traditional medicine? In general, it is a session animated by rites and prayers, at the end of which the traditional doctor, often called "marabout" or "charlatan", prescribes decoctions to the patient. Here too, the lack of dosage and rigorous quality control can become obstacles to the patient's full recovery.

In the end, it is clear that access to health care depends on the financial situation of the population. The use of health services only takes place when the situation becomes serious or even critical. This is explained by the fact that populations are very poorly educated about the consequences of continued neglect of a failing health condition or live in very limited financial conditions. The poorest households are forced to prioritize their needs, sometimes relegating health to the background. It is therefore important to sensitize communities on the need to have regular consultations with an authorized doctor, in order to avoid serious cases of illness, which will, in turn, generate even more expenses for these vulnerable households. This is why KimboCare is now on the journey to offer these populations a solution adapted to their needs and financial situation.