The COVID-19 outbreak has now spread to 52 countries in Africa. Due to fragile health systems, Africa is at risk to be hit hardest by the outbreak. The poor and most vulnerable people on the continent are the least prepared to adopt preventive measures to limit the spread of the outbreak. Meanwhile, other patients are at risk: we are already observing that patients with other health conditions are afraid to visit hospitals due to the fear of getting infected. International, collective actions is critical to help reduce the spread of the virus, save lives and minimize social and economic impacts.

For African countries to avoid the devastation, early detection, effective surveillance, and quick response are critical. Strong data-driven health systems are the most effective way to respond to the outbreak. The rise of mobile technology and digital platforms in Africa offers the opportunity to deliver all stakeholders the much-needed insights in the spread of the epidemic and the impact of preventive measures. It also offers a great way to communicate directly with its citizens, as verified information at a time of fake news, is critical to the COVID response.

PharmAccess focuses on leveraging data and technology to strengthen African health systems to finance and deliver better healthcare. We are actively seeking partnerships to join forces in these uncertain times, as cooperation is key to fighting this pandemic.

Our COVID-19 response evolves around three pillars:


Preparing healthcare staff and facilities for COVID-19

SafeCare works with healthcare providers to improve their quality with an emphasis on patient safety and infection control. Experts share their knowledge on COVID-19 through webinars, trainings and downloadable resources. Medical Credit Fund assists private healthcare providers with flexible and digital lending solutions. We extend emergency loans to healthcare providers to cope with the crisis.


Working with local governments to strengthen surveillance, monitoring and diagnostics

With CarePay and the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, we use M-TIBA platform data from over 2,500 Kenyan healthcare providers to support the government with dashboards and insights to help them prepare for, and monitor the pandemic. The platform also informs residents of Kisumu county, Kenya, on COVID-19 health issues. Last, we advise national and state technical teams on Covid-19 in Ghana, Tanzania and Nigeria.


Digital solutions to empower individuals and patients

We are collaborating with Luscii, a Netherlands technology company working with OLVG on Covid-19, in implementing a Corona digital app and service (CovidConnect) in Ghana and Kenya. This technology enables individuals to assess their risks of getting Covid-19  and to receive support and relevant care. Access to real time data allows continuous monitoring for potential outbreaks. CovidConnect is launched in collaboration with CarePay and the University of Ghana Medical Centre.

News & Views

Governor County Government of Kisumu presided launch of COVIDConnect mobile app in Kenya
The County Government of Kisumu in partnership with Maseno University and PharmAccess have today launched COVIDConnect in Kenya.Read more
2 July 2020 Press release
SafeCare4Covid – the free app for healthcare providers with practical support in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
COVID-19 is far from over. No matter where in the world they are, healthcare facilities face similar challenges – preparing and maintaining an environment that reduces the risk of infection - whilst continuing to provide health services for their community.Read more
25 June 2020 Press release
PharmAccess Tanzania digitally trains regional medical team members to strengthen preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic
PharmAccess Tanzania joined efforts with advisory firm Dalberg International to conduct online training of trainers to the Regional Health Medical Team (RHMT) in Manyara, to help healthcare providers manage COVID-19 at their facilities.Read more
23 June 2020 News
COVID-19 and its implications on universal health coverage – what do CEO’s of health insurance schemes think? – Webinar recording
Last week, PharmAccess organized an international webinar with CEO’s of health insurance schemes across Africa. Listen back to the webinar - the recording is available now. Read more
16 June 2020 News