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

Kenyan Pharmaceutical receives inaugural COVID-19 loan to supply personal protective equipment
Ansell Pharmaceuticals Limited, a local wholesaler and distributor of medical, pharmaceutical and surgical products from Kiambu County is among the first recipients of the Covid-19 loan by the Medical Credit Fund (MCF).Read more
12 May 2020 Press release
Webinar: Psychological effects of COVID-19 on healthcare workers
Join us on Wednesday, May 6 for a live webinar on the psychological effects of COVID-19 on healthcare workers. With expert speakers, Dr Edwin, Physician Clinical Psychologist, and Bioethicist and Mary Kittakah, Clinical Psychologist.Read more
1 May 2020 News
Free ambulances to the rescue of pregnant women during curfew hours
Since the government-imposed curfew in Kenya people's mobility has been limited. Leaving expectant women at higher risk of developing complications due to delayed delivery.Read more
29 April 2020 News
New COVID-19 monitor service manages flow of care and enables remote advice
Last weekend, the health minister of Ghana presented the digital CovidConnect, a service developed by Luscii and set up by CarePay, the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC), and the OLVG Hospital in The Netherlands.Read more
28 April 2020 In the media