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Healthcare App inspired by a toothache to bite off more health problems

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TeleAfya Healthcare
TeleAfya App is available for download on Google Playstore

When Vincent Chepkwony saw his mother’s health condition escalate from a mere toothache to a full-blown health problem, he knew something had to be done about Kenya’s access to healthcare. This was in January 2017.

“My mother attended Kapkatet Hospital to get medication only to be referred to Litei Hospital. Because of the congestion at Litei Hosital, and the severe pain my mother was going through, she took matters into her own hands and begged one of the nurses to help her. Long story short, she was given the wrong medication which aggravated her condition, until when we found out much later,” says Vincent.

Something had to be done. Three years later, and something has been done.

“From that moment, a seed was planted in me. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. What if my mother had died?”

They say necessity is the mother of invention. Truer words have never been spoken. Armed with an idea and passion, Vincent migrated to the US for further studies in the year 2000, graduating a Master’s in Software Engineering and Digital Health Informatics.

Together with Ms. Dorothy Ogega, Vincent founded TeleAfya, a health awareness app that seeks to devolve healthcare access to the basic level. The mission he says is to provide healthcare especially to disadvantaged minorities, including women and children in maligned counties in the country.

But this predicament is not unique to Vincent.

How many times have you gone to the hospital and stood in line for hours and hours and at the end of it all end up getting poor service? Or no service at all? How many doctors have you seen asking for kick-backs or going for extended lunch breaks with patients dying in line?

With TeleAfya App, all this is mitigated as the most available doctor is always on duty. It’s not just the doctor choosing the patient, but you choosing the doctor as well. Patients who would normally travel for hours, sometimes in the case of referral hospitals the whole day and end up returning home without a diagnosis from the doctor, now have an easier way out.

A home to doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacies, midwives, and community health workers, TeleAfya has partnerships with transport services such as ambulances and organizations with vehicles, becoming a one-stop shop for everything health. You can almost say, a hospital in your pocket.

But you don’t need to have a smartphone to enjoy its services.

Currently in partnership with Sosit Dispensary and Kapkatet Health Center as local dispatch centers, other dispatchers are being on-boarded at the moment in Mombasa and Kilifi counties.

TeleAfya describes itself as a ‘Healthcare Digital Transformation Hub’. TeleAfya prides itself as the home of Digital Healthcare Policy Entrepreneurs who are keen on helping governments and individuals solve healthcare delivery problems that need urgent attention by setting a blueprint for health care access and delivery across Africa.

“TeleAfya is going to foster easy communication with people in mashinani. Just like M-Pesa, TeleAfya will be that account that has everything about your health. As long as you have your phone, your health is at your fingertips,” says TeleAfya Co-founder & Marketing Director Dorothy Ogega.

TeleAfya connects patients to specialized medical services that may be otherwise unavailable in their community. It also allows patients to avoid the time associated with traveling long distances in order to see a specialty service provider in-person. Additionally, patients can avoid extra visits, scheduling, and wait periods if the specialist is regularly available for TeleAfya appointments.

Medical health care providers can partner with TeleAfya, access its database of patients, and earn an extra income whilst simultaneously increasing their client base and capacity to travel around the country to tend to patients.

In this case, a nurse and clinical officer can pair up together to provide care such as routine health screenings to patients across the county without having to spend on any costs of establishing a business.

From solving his mother’s toothache problem and now setting his sights on East Africa, TeleAfya is always moving but never losing the aim of its target. ‘Making healthcare accessible to all.’

The TeleAfya App is currently available for download on Google Playstore for Android users. iPhone compatibility and the Pandemic Integrated Tracing and Testing System are currently in the testing phase with a view to be rolled out in the coming weeks.

With TeleAfya, your health is now in your hands. Literally.

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Absa Partners With Mi Vida to Offer Affordable Mortgage Financing Targeting Middle Class Earners.

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  • Absa has partnered with property developer Mi Vida to provide preferential mortgage benefits to prospective and existing customers, with an aim of making it easy for middle income families to buy quality homes.
  • 25-year tenor is the longest repayment period in the market
  • The units being financed will include 1, 2-and 3 bedroom apartments with prices ranging from Sh8.8 to 15.7 million.

Wednesday, 16 June, 2021… Absa Bank Kenya has introduced a 25-year mortgage facility targeting middle income families seeking affordable homes within Nairobi.

 

The proposition seeks to increase mortgage uptake by prospective homeowners, offering options towards home ownership such as construction loans and home loans for self-employed individuals (SMEs) with a dedicated a team of experts who will walk customers throughout every step of buying or constructing their dream home.

 

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Absa customers will also benefit from established partnerships with players in the home ownership value chain such as property developers, furnishing partners and home appliance partners, who will offer homeowners a wide range of benefits among them great discounts.

 

This was announced as the bank signed a financing partnership with Mi Vida Homes where customers will enjoy a discounted rate of 12.5% p.a with up to 90% financing.

 

Speaking during the signing of the Absa-Mi Vida partnership, Peter Mutua, Absa Bank Customer Network Director, urged both existing and prospective customers to invest in the lengthened payment period and low interest rates of the Absa – Mi Vida mortgage proposition to own their dream homes.

 

“As a truly African bank, we understand that home is where the heart is. This is why we have availed the Absa – Mi Vida mortgage facility to employed and self-employed customers, presenting a lifetime chance to own ready-to-move-in homes. As a bank, we believe in developing sustainable financing models for our customers, we are offering up to 90% financing within market rates, over a period of 25 years to service their loans,’’ says Mr. Mutua.

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The proposition is one of the bank’s contributions towards the government’s housing pillar under the Big 4 Agenda and aims to provide quality family homes with sociable amenities and green spaces that enhance quality of living spaces to potential homeowners.

 

“We have a team of dedicated experts that will walk the journey with customers using our financial and non-financial expertise to provide credible information, services and solutions throughout every step of acquiring their dream home.” adds Mr. Mutua.

 

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Mr. Antony Kambiriri, Chief Financial Officer Mi Vida, said, “We are delighted to partner with Absa Bank Kenya as it brings us closer to our goal of addressing the shortage of middle-income housing in Kenya. There is a huge demand for affordable and middle-income homes and through this partnership, we will bridge the gap in this market to exceed customers’ expectations.”

 

Mi Vida’s project at Garden City, is a first of its kind with the development centred on green space and family living. Phase 1 at Garden City offers 1. 2- and 3-Bedroom Apartments. Launched in 2019, under construction and on course to be complete by March of 2022.

 

Besides the Mi Vida proposition, Absa’s mortgage flexible offers different options towards home ownership such as financing land purchases and disbursing construction loans as well as home loans for self-employed individuals.

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Housing Projects at Garden City Defining the Future of Green Homes in Kenya

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By the year 2050, the global population will likely reach nine (9) billion people. Due to household demand
and population growth, the world needs to build more than two billion new homes over the next 80 years
according to global research.
The distress is beyond the demand for new homes. Nations across the globe are becoming increasingly
concerned about the effects of climate change and people growing environmentally conscious, project
builders have implemented sustainable development practices in their real estate properties to promote
energy efficiency, minimize the impacts of global warming, and protect natural resources.
Due to advances in technology, green homes are gradually growing in popularity, and this is a step in the
right direction. If project builders do not adapt to the challenge of building sustainable homes, the
pressure on natural resources will be detrimental to the environment. Some of the resulting negative
impacts include loss of biodiversity and increased greenhouse gases.
Today, the need for more sustainable homes has also been expedited by contemporary homebuyers’
preferences. People want – and will pay more for – sustainable features such as energy-efficient
appliances, windows, and fittings alongside other features that improve their health and quality of life. It is
also worth noting that as younger generations are expected to enter the home buying market, they are
looking out for built-in eco-friendly and sustainable features.
In Kenya, Actis, the developer of the Garden City Residences, Mall, and Business Park, is committed to
green-building and sustainable projects. Garden City development is the first within Sub-Sahara Africa
rated under the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star multi-unit residential V1 tool that
promotes the design and construction of high-performance green residential developments.
For instance, the infrastructure uses robust water harvesting and recycling/reuse systems aimed at
reducing wastage and significantly reduce potable water consumption by up to 28 per cent. It also
incorporates a massive solar carport ideal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The sustainability aspects of the Garden City mixed-use development made it the first project of its kind in
East Africa to achieve a Gold rating in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – the
rating system developed by the US. Green Building Council for the design, construction, operation, and
maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighbourhoods.
At the heart of this green and sustainable development, there is the Mi Vida Homes, a Ksh 12 billion
shilling joint venture by Actis and Shapoorji Pallonji Real Estate. Mi Vida Homes holds significant
importance to the future of green homes in Kenya through the incorporation of more green space in
apartment developments and the development of amenities that meet family’s needs.
Mi Vida homes are certified by the International Finance Corporation “Excellence in Design for Greater
Efficiencies” (IFC EDGE), a green building standard and a certification system for over 140 countries.
EDGE helps to determine the most cost-effective options for designing green within a local climate
context. The project adheres to the IFC EDGE standard of 20 per cent less energy use, 20 per cent less
water use, and 20 per cent less embodied energy in materials when compared to a base case building.
The environmental benefits of green building in our contemporary society cannot be underestimated as it
enhances and protect biodiversity while improving the quality of water and air that we consume. Going
green will in the long run reduce waste streams while conserving and restoring our natural resources.

Author: Ciru Okobi – Commercial Director, Garden City

 

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The 2021 Toyota Urban Cruiser launched in Kenya

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Motor distributor Toyota Kenya has launched the Urban Cruiser in the Kenyan market, the latest SUV in the Toyota Kenya product line-up that will start retailing from KES2.7 million inclusive of VAT.

 

Toyota Kenya Managing Director, Arvinder Reel said the Urban Cruiser, which is the youngest SUV in the Toyota family, embodies Toyota’s quality, durability, and reliability promise, with the vehicle designed for customers looking for SUV comfort, the latest technology at an affordable price point.

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Arvinder Reel – Managing Director – Toyota Kenya Ltd.

“Toyota Kenya has always operated on the premise of giving our customers the best. And we as continue growing our small car segment offering, we continue introducing new and innovative products that offer value for money and will see more Kenyans drive brand-new vehicles,” said Mr Reel.

Despite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Toyota Kenya recorded a 4% share growth in the market, excluding truck and buses. “We are therefore optimistic that the small car segment will continue performing well as we progress in the year.”

The Urban Cruiser is an attractive SUV with a combination of design, performance and technology offering consumers the comfort and sophistication required from an SUV. It has a fuel-efficient and responsive engine that gives quick pick up on speed, the best technology that includes Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) – a further advancement of the ABS, and generous interior space including a luggage space of 328 litres and a 60/40 rear split.

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To assist Kenyans to acquire the Urban Cruiser, Toyota Kenya has partnered with major financial institutions in Kenya that offer various financing options.

The Urban Cruiser will be available through Toyota Kenya’s network of branches and dealerships countrywide, with customers enjoying a 3 year/100,000 km manufacturer warranty. We endeavour to offer an unforgettable Toyota Kenya Experience through comprehensive After Sales support as well as the provision of genuine spare parts.

We would love to hear car enthusiasts argue out on which car rivals this. Toyota Urban Cruiser SUV recalled in India over airbag issue | NewsBytes

 

 

 

 

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Reer Yusuf Clan Leadership

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Reer Yusuf Clan Leadership

The Leader of Reer Yusuf  Suldan Macalin Adan  Abdi  Ismeil Guled Samatar was leading Reer Yusuf Clan for sixty-nine years since Somalia independency from nineteen sixty he worked all Somali government from the first Somali government of President  Adan Abdulle Osman to the current government  Of president Mohamed  Abdullahi Farmaajo.

During Somalia civil war he was Peacemaker among Somali tribes who were in conflicts among themselves Suldan Macalin Adan Abdi Ismeal Guled Samtar was peace lovers to and initiated several peace project. He passed on 8th April 2021 at the age of 93. May his soul rest in peace.

Suldan Macalin Adan Abdi Ismeal Guled Samtar’s leadership was within the following district which are located within Gedo Region

Reer Yusuf Clan
Leaders of Reer Yusuf Clan
Generational Leadership
Suldan  Macalim  Adan  Abdi  Guled Samatar  He takes power after the death of his uncle Suldan Ahmed  Adanyare  Samatar before him the Clan was ruling his  uncle .Suldan Hirsi Dogow  Ali Jibril
Reer Yusuf Clans are two Adan and Haarun
Adan Yusuf  Sub clans
  •  Jibraail  Adan
  • Qurux  Adan
  • Bees Adan
  • Abdi  Adan
Jibraalid  Adan Sub Clans 
  • Reer  Jibril
  • Reer Ali Noor
  • Reer Roble
  • Reer  Farah warmooga
Reer Jibril Sub Clans
1 Reer Samatar
2 Reer ali
3 Reer Omar
4  Reer Jirow
Harun Yusuf  Sub clans
  1. Caadawe
  2. Mahamud Haarun
  3. Ahmed Haarun
  4. Abtidow Haarun
Garbahayey District

Luuq District

Burdhaba District

Bardhare District

ELWAK District

Bullahawa District

Low juba Region
They live in  Kismayu
District and its rural areas.

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BOC Kenya Calls On Kenyans to Return Empty Cylinders to Save Lives.

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The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Mutahi Kagwe, on Monday, while briefing the nation on the status of COVID-19, made a passionate appeal for Kenyans to return cylinders to manufacturers to help stem a looming crisis. He made a shocking revelation that cylinders are being hoarded and illegally refilled across the country which means that the cylinder pool is being depleted daily. Oxygen is critical in the management of COVID-19.

The CS said more than 20,000 Oxygen cylinders are in the hands of Kenyans and made a humble appeal that they are returned to enable the frontline workers to save lives of COVID-19 patients and avoid preventable deaths.

“I wish to appeal to those holding cylinders be they hospital facilities or individuals in other sectors, please return those cylinders to manufacturers so they can refill and use them in hospitals that need that them,” said the CS.

BOC Kenya, the leading supplier of industrial, medical, and special gases in East Africa, has joined the Ministry of Health calling on Kenyans to return all idle and unused cylinders to help save lives and fight the pandemic.

“Return idle and unused cylinders and save a life. Oxygen is critical in the management of COVID-19. So, please, do not hoard cylinders and do not refill them illegally,” said the company in a statement.

Before the coming of Covid-19, the market demand for Oxygen in Kenya was 410 tons. By mid-2020, the demand had gone up to 560 tons, and currently, the demand is 880 tons, more than double the demand at the same period last year.

“This demand has come up with other challenges, namely efficiency in the distribution of oxygen gas cylinders brought about by hoarding or diversion of cylinders for other uses,” BOC added. We are running our plant and distribution systems 24hours, 7 days a week.

Overall, there are 73 oxygen plants in both h national & county facilities across the country. Majority of these services one to three units within a facility. There are also about 20,000 concentrators in various health facilities that can be brough back to service to support the efforts of hospitals in the care for patients. Some of these plants and concentrators face several challenges including reliability and the production of oxygen with lower than recommended concentration levels.

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