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Lessons learned from saving on a digital platform: Taking healthcare to slum schools in Nigeria through a mobile money school health fund

In September 2016, the PharmAccess Mobile Health Research Lab in Nigeria commenced the testing of a school health contributory fund using a mobile money wallet for the students of the Ken-Ade Private School, located in Lagos.

Makoko, the world’s largest floating slum, faces many challenges including; poor water and drainage systems, poor quality of education and limited access to proper healthcare. Despite the poor conditions, hundreds of new private schools are opening in Nigeria, many of them charging less than one dollar a week. In Makoko, Ken-Ade Private School is one of the institutions trying to provide quality education for the less privileged in society. Other than providing education for the poor, Ken-Ade school has gone a step further in trying to provide quality healthcare for its students.

In September 2016, the PharmAccess Mobile Health Research Lab in Nigeria commenced the testing of a school health contributory fund using a mobile money wallet for the students of the Ken-Ade Private School, located in Lagos. The main objective of the mHealth Research Lab is to study how mobile phone and digital payment technologies can be used to improve access to affordable and quality healthcare services in resource-limited settings The mHealth Lab uses social learning and behavioral theories to rapidly test and observe participants’ behavior in response to successive health experiments. More specifically, using operational research towards making evidence based decisions on product development and implementation.

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