Samsung Electronics East Africa boost fight against maternal and child mortality

Oct 15, 2015

“Dagoretti sub-county set to benefit from pilot ICT infrastructure project spearheaded by Samsung Electronics East Africa in partnership with VSO Jitolee.”

NAIROBI, Kenya October 15th, 2015 – Samsung Electronics East Africa today has announced a partnership with VSO Jitolee to launch an ICT solution that will improve maternal and child health care.  Employees of Samsung Electronics East Africa donated this solution at the Riruta Health Clinic in Dagoretti Sub-County in Nairobi County and spent their entire day supporting health workers in the clinic.

The purpose of this solution is to assist health workers switch from manual data entry to real time data entry, registration, tracking and maintaining follow ups with mothers at various stages of their pregnancy on an e-Platform. It will also enable health workers monitor patient health history and inform registered parents and guardians of their children’s immunization records from birth. Additionally, the solution will provide information on how to prevent HIV and AIDS transmission from mother to child and the value of nutritional supplements. Health workers based in peri-urban locations of Dagoretti will be able to enter real time data in the system which will be sent to a central database.

This will help the County, Ministry and various health institutions generate accurate reports to inform rapid decision making and support resource allocation across the medical sector.

Samsung Electronics East Africa is also donating TVs and DVD players which will be used to disseminate information on maternal and child health care to women of child-bearing age in the sub-county.

“This initiative is an important step towards embracing the real needs of healthcare providers and patients. We aim to leverage our technology to help individuals lead healthier lives, while delivering healthcare providers the tools they need to improve clinical outcomes," said Patricia King’ori, Regional Head of Marketing, Samsung Electronics East Africa.

“We are all aware that mothers are the foundation of our society and givers of life which is why we need to take care of them. This project is designed to deliver on that promise and ensure that our health sector fulfills its mandate to boost the health of Kenyans in general,” added Ms. Kingori.

This partnership with VSO forms part of Samsung’s Employee Volunteer Program (EVP), which encourages employees to use part of their time to uplift and empower the underprivileged in the community. 

“Our vision as VSO is to empower local communities to achieve sustainable change and build resilience against future challenges. We promote volunteering as a powerful and practical way to tackle poverty and disadvantage. In partnership with other stakeholders, we are contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Health and Well-being), to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030. We are confident that our partnership with Samsung Electronics East Africa and the County Health Management team is a step in the right direction,” said Lillian Kotonya, VSO Jitolee’s Head of Business Resourcing.

We thank Samsung Electronics East Africa for the great innovation and we appeal to other corporates in the country to continue working closely with us and the Ministry of Health to support delivery and access to quality health care,” added Ms. Kotonya

Samsung is committed to creating positive change for people everywhere so that they may live better lives through new experiences.

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About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home and Digital Health initiatives. We employ 319,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of US $196 billion. To discover more, please visit our official website at www.samsung.com and our official blog at global.samsungtomorrow.com

About VSO Jitolee

VSO Jitolee is an international development organisation that is committed to bringing about lasting change in communities. Our mission is to fight poverty and disadvantage. We work through skilled professionals who volunteer their time, knowledge and skills to support a range of capacity building interventions and knowledge sharing approaches to contribute to innovative solutions to development challenges. To find out how you can support our work, visit our website:  www.vsojitolee.org