All posts by Dennis King'ori

Changamka Micro insurance CEO Zack Oloo attends the business call to action Sixth annual forum in New York

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On September 24, the Business Call to Action‘s Sixth Annual Forum will take place in conjunction with the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a framework for the private sector, development institutions and governments to renew and re-define their commitments to the new development agenda. Changamka has been invited to this forum as one of its members. At a time of increased awareness of the power of business to drive both growth and development, the Forum will explore how inclusive businesses provide goods, services and livelihoods on a commercially viable basis to people at the base of the economic pyramid – whose combined purchasing power exceeds US$5 trillion – while delivering benefits to all people, communities and markets. This invitation-only event will bring together leaders from prominent BCtA member companies as well as senior representatives from governments, bilateral donors, civil society and the United Nations.  The Forum will showcase the potential for and evidence of inclusive businesses aligning their core business activities with the SDGs, thus making a substantial contribution to the ambitious new development agenda, both globally and at the country level.The half day-long event will offer opportunities to showcase innovative work, engage in peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, network and establish links with other leaders in the field.

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Safaricom adds mobile muscle to Kenya’s medical insurance

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Mobile payment platform M-Pesa, developed by Safaricom, will serve as the premium collection platform for Linda Jamii, a micro-insurance health cover offering established through partners Britam, Safaricom Limited and Changamka Micro-insurance.

The companies have jointly launched an affordable micro-insurance health cover which will widen the bracket of the population with access to medical insurance.

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Colby Warner (second from the right) at the Changamka MicroHealth office in Nairobi, Kenya.

Using Mobile Technology to Distribute Affordable Healthcare in Kenya

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When I wrote my application essays last year, I romanticized about a career where I could use my business skills to improve access and quality to healthcare across the globe. At the time, I had no idea how I was going to make that vision a reality, but when the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery (IPIHD) made its way on campus, I realized that was the missing link that I was looking for.

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Kenyan awarded $250,000 to fight pre-natal deaths in Sub-Sahara Africa

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Sam Agutu is among two innovators awarded $250,000 (approximately Sh25,000,000) to develop pre-natal care solutions. Two projects, one using cell phones to deliver to expectant mothers in Kenya electronic vouchers for pre-natal care and transportation, the other aimed at promoting maternal and child health in northern Nigeria, will receive $250,000 grants from the Saving Lives at Birth Partnership.

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Affordable medical insurance now a reality .

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Safaricom, Britam and Changamka Micro-Insurance have jointly launched an affordable micro-insurance health cover which will widen the bracket of the population with access to healthcare. The product known as Linda Jamii provides a family premium cover at an annual subscription of 12,000 KES for a cover value of 290,000 KEs

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Tough times ahead for insurers as Safaricom enters market

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Two announcements made recently offer medical insurers food for thought. The first, if true, is the plan by hospitals to have another round of increases in service charges. The second one is the Safaricom-powered Linda Jamii product.

While most medical insurers are struggling to meet the required numbers to make viable business, the looming increase in charges creates a further obstacle to achieving profitability.

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Smart cards to stem maternal deaths

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An estimated 7,000 women in Kenya die annually from pregnancy-related complications due to inability to access medical care. Another 52 out of 1,000 children die at birth. But this is set to change with the introduction of a new smart card payment platform.It is now easier for pregnant women to deliver in hospitals without the pains of carrying hard cash, thanks to the introduction of mobile money transfer technology.

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Access to Affordable Quality Healthcare Through M-KADI Medical Savings e-card

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Access to basic healthcare in Kenya is still a challenge to majority poor and increasingly, the low income earners who have to juggle to make ends meet and face the demands for high cost of living. It is said that only 1 percent of Kenyans are covered by contributory schemes meaning that most people will resort to seeking contributions from friends and family whenever there is a medical emergency, while others will self-medicate with dire consequences sometimes leading to death.

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