By the end 2017, it is estimated that 30% of Africans had a smartphone. People are using mobile technology to interact and enhance the effectiveness of tasks in their daily lives (e.g. mPESA in Kenya). For example, in Tanzania, mobile technology is becoming more affordable, powerful and recurrent even in lower-income regions. In 2015, there were almost 32 million mobile phone users. An increasing number of those mobile devices are smartphones that are mainly used by the youth. As of June 2016, there were 7.5 million Internet users in Tanzania. This figure increased to 23 million Internet users in 2017. With over 6 million Facebook users in Tanzania, thousands are using Facebook groups (amongst other social media platforms) to share medical concerns. This phenomena, which is dangerously trending in many African countries, causes the fast diffusion of medical myths. Now, imagine if we could bring the online youth into our safe community where they can access confidential and reliable health advice?
So we thought, what if we could leverage mobile technology to enhance access to healthcare. What if health advice could be at hand? This is YAPILI. We deliver Health@Hand.
It is easy to use, maintain and scale. YAPILI brings the innovative model to healthcare and relies on three elements leading it to success at scale: real-time, crowd-based and peer-to-peer. YAPILI leads by example in terms of data privacy and safety and security of the platform. We believe that enhancing access to health in Africa is no longer confined to borders thanks to technological development. The purpose of YAPILI is to decentralize access to quality health advice and centralize medical data.