Facilitating access to care in medical deserts
Main beneficiary country:Morocco
Country of origin: Morocco
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More than 250m people worldwide are living with chronic kidney disease. Undetected, renal disease leads to a progressive loss of kidney function, and ultimately to treatment by dialysis or kidney transplant. Kidney disease represents a major public health issue. Chronic kidney disease is constantly becoming more common, and so the role of public information and awareness among the medical community and governments has never been more important. Furthermore, statistics show that fewer than 30% of people with chronic kidney disease are aware of it. Today, Chronic Renal Insufficiency (CRI) is a real public health challenge due to its increase incidence and prevalence, in especially with regard to the high cost of replacement treatments. These major treatments are costly, and this expenditure is only predicted to rise. Firstly because the population is ageing, and secondly because diabetes and high blood pressure, the main causes of CRI, are themselves affecting more and more people. In Morocco today, one third of those suffering have no access to treatment. Furthermore, the long travel distances in medical deserts make the treatment shortage all the more acute. All the more so given that patients with renal insufficiency have to cover the cost of travelling to the clinic themselves. 10,000 patients are currently receiving dialysis and another 5000 are on the waiting list, with 4000 new cases arising every year. The situation is critical and expenditure is predicted to climb sharply due to an ageing population and the fact more people are suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure. Some regions of Morocco and other emerging countries are still suffering from major issues with access to treatment. These problems are, amongst other reasons, due to the increasing shortage of competent healthcare staff and quality, safe infrastructure, as well as geographical obstacles.
The MedTrucks initiative is designed to assist healthcare stakeholders in the optimal delivery of mobile treatments. Our initiative provides access to powerful, innovative tools to develop mobile treatment in remote areas. We use big data to calculate the route, and by incorporating stops our customers are able to expand their work into isolated areas, which were previously medical deserts. We encourage the survival of rural areas by combating medical desertification. Patients can live at home for longer, hospital departments are freed up, an treatments are more easily accepted.
Health professional training - Patient monitoring and medical data
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