Malawian TED fellow and software engineer Soyapi Mumba is proof that Africa’s unique needs can be catered for through innovation and resourcefulness, specifically where medical challenges are concerned.
The healthcare system in Malawi mirrors that of many sub-Saharan African nations, with understaffed hospitals doing their best to care for the people they serve while struggling with record-keeping and patient identification.
Typical western models to counter those issues did not work in Malawi, as there were the added setbacks of power outages, low technology penetration and slow internet to contend with.
In 2006 Mumba joined Baobab Health, a company that uses locally based engineers to develop suitable solutions to address healthcare challenges in Malawi.
The software engineer and his team took on the challenge of helping understaffed hospitals manage HIV treatment records for a growing number of patients.
These records were previously kept in paper form and were incredibly difficult to manage.
The Baobab Health team created a new software system that traversed a number of problems to efficiently keep electronic health records, including the underlying infrastructure to support it.
Malawian TED fellow inspires with talk
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