Cambodian Health Ministry, Everest and WAH Foundation to Use Blockchain For Improving Mothers’ Healthcare
Cambodian Health Ministry Partners with Everest and WAH Foundation to Improve Healthcare for Mothers
A unique program that seeks to improve the health of more than 500,000 people in Cambodia
A biometry based and value transfer company Everest, gave an announcement today that it will be partnering with the Health Ministry of Cambodia of Kampong Chhnang Province as well WAH Foundation, a local implementer to enhance the healthcare services of that particular province. The project, which will utilize the Blockchain technology aims at enhancing a number of health services with a particular focus on maternal health. This partnership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which is the first of its kind targets to reach all of the province’s 500,000 residents.
The primary focus of this program is on improving patient records, training medical professionals, communications and an improved ability to follow up on women’s progress during pregnancy. Everest provides a technology that will ensure the smooth delivery of the mentioned services. These services include digital medical records management, smooth digital transfer of supporting health documents and integration with other health programs of other regions in the country for a smooth transfer of information and records.
Bob Reid, Chief Executive Officer of Everest said that if this program is successfully implemented and scaled up with time, it will give the people of Kampong Chhnang province an excellent avenue of accessing proper health and financial services. He further added that improving on the existing technology will enable fast and cost-effective delivery of service and change the daily lives of the people in this province in a positive manner.
Kampong Chhnang is located in central Cambodia. The province has about 42 health centers and 3 hospitals. These institutions have more than 200 pediatric doctors and nurses and about 220 midwives. Infant mortality rate is at 55 deaths per 1000 live births. The program seeks to empower healthcare providers to enable them deliver better services and reduce such statistics.
Director of the Health Department of Kampong Chhnang, Prak Vonn, said that Kampong Chhnang Provincial Health Department, that is part of the country’s Ministry of Health has invested enough resources to see this program become a success. He hopes that they will be able to scale it up in the entire province and eventually across the country after the success of the pilot program. He further said that this project will bring about more accountability, transparency and be cost savings in the province’s healthcare system. The project will eventually lead to improved healthcare for the community and individuals, help create awareness especially for women who will participate. It is a step in the right direction that communities can now utilize the power of the blockchain technology across multiple health sectors and departments such as government subsidies and money transfer.
Christopher Wilson, the founder of WAH Foundation asserts that the foundation’s mandate is to improve the standard of healthcare services and delivery in Kampong Chhnang Province. The foundation aims to achieve these using collaborations with international companies and hospital groups that can be of value to the health system. He notes that among the vital aspects of upgrading health standards is training midwives, doctors and nurses and providing them with educative materials.
The second issue involves proper use of the available technology to have proper and enhanced patient records, periodic tracking of pregnant women until the baby is born and a month there after, efficiency in overall communication between patients and their doctors or heath institutions as well as an effective platform for delivering and transferring medicine. He finished by saying that the foundation is excited on the prospects of working with Everest to improve the delivery of medical services to children and mothers using the blockchain technology.
Everest will integrate its technology to the current hospital systems to test user-driver “amber alert” and human trafficking prevention system in the testing phase. The team is at the moment developing the pilot program which they plan to scale up across the entire province once its complete and they confirm its success.
WAH is a non-government-organization based in Cambodia. Its mission is to make the lives and conditions of the rural folk in the country better. They work on various projects including providing clean water in addition to ensuring proper healthcare. They mainly focus on women and children. The foundation has been working in the clean water project from 2009 and in the medical sector since 2011. It partners with local healthcare institutions to provide medical training, clean water, training of trainer programs, and emergency services such as providing ambulances among others. WAH is at the moment working with Kampong Chhnang Province’s hospital system as well as the public health sector of Cambodia.
Everest is so many things in one. It is first an economic and value transfer platform that works on biometric identity. This platform is the only on of its kind that is not only device free, but also accessible globally, a payment solution and also a self-sovereign digital wallet. Everest has properly utilized the power of blockchain and distributed ledger and storage tech to empower governments, banks, hospitals, businesses, NGOs and other institutions while at the same time ensuring that users have their privacy and the most control of their systems. The platform reaches the hard to reach users who include the majority (apprx 5 billion) without smartphones. Developers are now utilizing this platform for services such as micro-finance, payroll, KYC/AML, medical records, micro-insurance and more.