Sep 25, 2019

The Ihangane Project: A Nonprofit Reducing HIV Rates in Africa

Want to know more about The Ihangane Project and the work that they are doing? Head to their website to see what they're up to and the impact they're having. You can also learn more about the importance of global health by heading to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) website. Learn more about healthcare in Rwanda and the challenges that they still face in this article from the Financial Times.

The team is looking for a number of partners and forms of assistance. Think you might know someone who can help with funding or promotion? Interested in getting involved? Take a moment to read their needs below, and then send a link to the project to someone you know who might be interested in providing assistance.

E-Heza seeks partnerships to:

  • Advise on business strategy
  • Develop a strategy for attracting major gifts to support expansion efforts through strategic fundraising
  • Consult on making open source software available while maximizing financial return
  • Initiate speaking engagements to share stories of the community-driven model with other global health leaders

Rwanda has one of the best healthcare systems in Africa. The nation follows a universal health care model and provides health insurance through a community-based health insurance scheme. But nurses in rural health centers have a hard time accessing the tools they need to keep patients safe and healthy. What’s more, many of the tools that either already exist or are under development are inadequate. The problem is that they are typically designed without incorporating critical input from their end-users: nurses.

The Ihangane Project is working to fix this. They promote local innovation in order to improve healthcare access and quality while simultaneously working to overcome the socioeconomic barriers to good health. E-Heza is a platform they developed that makes it easy for nurses to log health data while examining patients. This provides real-time individualized data to help guide patient education and gives nurses the tools they need to adopt evidence-based clinical care protocols.

Additionally, E-Heza functions offline. Then, once it is connected to the internet, it syncs all of the data directly with the Rwanda Ministry of Health’s reporting platform. Ultimately, the system minimizes delays, removes redundancy, and improves the quality and efficiency of reporting.

With E-Heza, nurses in Rwanda have successfully fulfilled some 91 percent of patient screening requirements, which stands as a 50 percent improvement from before using E-Heza. By the end of 2019, E-Heza will have directly affected 250,000 lives in sub-Saharan Africa.

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