A new health app iAfya has been launched in Kenya and will be available on the Blackberry operating system.
The application helps users to check up health issues using their handsets fast as well as contact service providers such as insurers and doctors.
Informa Telecoms and Media says that the number of people in Africa with access to mobile phones is well over 560 million, which is more than those who have access to the Internet through personal computers.
This provides important platform where innovators can come up with e-solutions accessible on mobile devices.
Availlain developed the app for the blackberry phone to contribute to the long-term goals of mobile health services in Kenya.
“Avallain designed the iAfya app content according to Kenyan government guidelines to meet the highest quality standards, which are provided by the Ministry of Medical Services and the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation,” Blackberry said.
“iAfya aims to close the gap between the health workers and the public and improve the level of knowledge for health workers themselves, a critical group for any effort to improve public health,” Shelmith Mumbi, Avallain’s Content Manager said.
Avallain is a digital service that uses e-learning and e-publishing technology to achieve a positive impact on human development.
Connecting community health workers is important to help improve health care in Kenya. The iAfya app will also enable health workers in the field to access relevant and up to date health information while on the go, and help to improve service delivery.
The iAfya application will be freely available through Blackberry operatins sytem version 7 and above including BlackBerry Curve 9320 and BlackBerry Curve 9220, which are available in Kenya.