affects 3.3 billion people
of the world’s population, in 106 countries and territories. It is the 2nd leading cause of death from infectious diseases in Africa, after HIV/AIDS.
In Nigeria, malaria accounts for more health cases and deaths than any other country in the world
, according to the Nigeria Malaria Fact Sheet put together by the United States Embassy in Nigeria.
Approximately 51 million cases and 207,000 deaths reported annually (approximately 30% of the total malaria burden in Africa), while 97 % of the total population
(approximately 173 million) is at risk of infection.
In its bid to provide solutions through collaboration, specifically in the Pharmaspace, Advantage Health Africa (AHA)
has yet again made a giant stride by co–creating a solution to malaria treatment across the nation.
With 700 plus community pharmacies in a unique aggregated network also known as the CPN NEXUS
, AHA has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Wellahealth
, a like-minded solution provider in the health tech space.
“Advantage Health aims to drive collaboration and aggregation through the health sector. We see technology as a means to harness growth in this sector, and as a means of creating innovation which we are in dire need of in this nation if we are to progressively build our health care system. This collaboration is one of such innovations,”
— Abimbola Adebakin, the CEO of Advantage Health Africa
Wellahealth have provided software and logistic support to community pharmacies to provide value added community based services with the aim of improving access to quality healthcare. The health technology start-up was founded by an internal medicine physician, Dr Ikpeme Neto. It has served hundreds of pharmacies and facilitated over 100,000 pharmacy interactions.
On subscription to the malaria plan with Wellahealth for a token, the patient is able to access quality pharmaceutical care from any of the registered pharmacies under Advantage Health Africa’s pharmacy network; the CPNNEXUS.
Collaboration is important in any sector, particularly the healthcare sector. After all, the saying goes: United we stand, Divided we fall.
Collaboration in healthcare aims to improve health outcomes, increase access to optimum care, and improve patient experience. Achievement of all these can only be done when the healthcare system acts not in part but as a whole to bring hope to the countless Nigaerians whose access to healthcare is poor.
Advantage Health Africa has existing collaborations with various heath solution providers including AXA Mansard (Malaria Plan), Hygeia HMO, Health Assur Limited, and Wellness HMO, with others in view for the improvement of healthcare across board. Interested parties who need to access the network can also leverage on the openness of the company to collaborate for better health outcomes to all and sundry and serve as a beacon of hope to all.
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This article was first published on 31st July 2018 and updated on August 6th, 2018 at 9:36 am