Accenture and the Accenture Foundations have given the Amref Health Africa a grant of $3 million to help in improving and scale its mobile health training program to 3,000 community health workers in Kenya. This grant brings Accenture’s direct support to Amref Health Africa to more than $7.3 million since 2005.
“Through this collaborative partnership, we are leveraging technology and delivering measurable solutions that will make a profound impact across sub-Saharan Africa”
This grant is a part of Accenture’s corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed, which is equipping more than 700,000 people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business. The M-PESA Foundation has provided an additional $1.5 million in funding.
Trainig has been the major down fall for the Community health workers as they offer services which they have no skills therefor casuing them to deliver ineffectively. Accenture’s two-year grant will enable Amref Health Africa to expand its Health Enablement and Learning Platform (HELP) – which provides community health workers with flexible, mobile access to skills training and support tools – and has the potential to improve healthcare services for hundreds of thousands of people across Africa.
Piloted in 2013, HELP is a mobile health learning platform developed in partnership with Vodacom-Mezzanine’s Helium platform, and Safaricom. HELP builds on Vodafone’s mhealth portfolio which, developed with its network of global partnerships, increases access to healthcare services through its customer reach and scalable mobile health solutions. Vodafone and Safaricom will continue to provide scalability and mobile solution expertise with technology partner Mezzanine.
“Through this collaborative partnership, we are leveraging technology and delivering measurable solutions that will make a profound impact across sub-Saharan Africa,” said Jill Huntley, managing director, Global Corporate Citizenship, Accenture. “By harnessing the power of mobile, Amref Health Africa is delivering job and medical skills training at speed and scale – a critical component in improving the health as well as the long-term economic sustainability of communities in Africa.”
Dr. Lennie Bazira Igbodipe-Kyomuhangi, interim CEO, Amref Health Africa said: “By working together to scale HELP, we will support more community health workers with ongoing training, supervision and defined career paths that, in turn, benefit the health of their communities.”