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CTI-LifeHealth and IST To Give "Market Women" New Access To Healthcare
These vendors, the vast majority of whom are women, often work up to 16 hours a day (see video at https://youtu.be/
Another interviewee in the study found out, too late, that she had severe diabetes, and lost both hands to the disease. "How I wish I had friends who are doctors," she said. "How I wish I had balanced my time for work and access to health services for regular health checks." In the hand-to-mouth existence of most African market women, however, life/work balance is unheard of, or a dream. In Uganda today, the doctor-patient ratio is approximately 1:25,000, a mere 4% of the internationally recommended standard, according to the World Health Organization. To make matters worse, the IST-CTI survey found that women's access to health services is 21% less than men's.
Now, all that is about to change…
For a number of years, IST has been working to identify and address the challenges faced by Uganda's market women, access to health services being primary. CTI has now joined the initiative, bringing its ground-breaking LifeHealth digital infrastructure platform directly to bear on the problem. LifeHealth applies a patient-centric approach to personalized, precision-oriented medicine, incorporating online medical consultation, detailed patient information, artificial intelligence, digital diagnostics, and data management and analytics. All the key stakeholders are part of the platform, including patients, hospitals, doctors, nurses, insurance companies, diagnostic labs, and pharmacies.
In announcing the alliance, IST's Executive Director, Moureen Wagubi, said, "Access to affordable health services by market women is not a luxury. Health is the source of women's development. So, given the enormous role market women play in Uganda's economy, when their health is jeopardized, the economy will crumble. Therefore, priority should be given to ensure that market women have full access to affordable health care services."
Dr. Michelle Barry, the CEO of CTI-LifeHealth, added, "Enabling women with technology to help manage their and their children's health has, until now, been a privilege. Our patient-centric digital health platform will make it easy and affordable for these hard-working but underserved women to receive quality health services and education to improve their wellbeing. That, in turn, will inevitably raise their socioeconomic status, which will uplift Uganda's future." Eventually, Dr. Barry noted, the program will expand to urban and rural areas throughout Africa and beyond, bringing better health and welfare to underserved populations everywhere.
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