My name is Liz McNeil, I’m the new communications and external relations manager at Jacaranda Health, based in Nairobi. There seem to be quite a few Canadians coming onto this forum lately - I am a fellow Canadian! I’ve been living in East Africa for the past 5-6ish years, with the last two in Nairobi. I am a new-comer to the tech space, and have been working in health-related social enterprises on business development and partnerships before joining the Jacaranda Health team. I’m really passionate about empowering users and
A bit about us: We’re a non-profit, tech-enabled organization that creates solutions for government hospitals and healthcare systems to improve maternal health outcomes. We currently partner with 5 counties (Bungoma, Kiambu, Nairobi, Makueni, Muranga) and are expanding rapidly to reach more counties in the near future. One of our core solutions is PROMPTS: a free 2-way SMS platform for new and expectant moms. Mothers enroll using a shortcode to receive information about pregnancy and newborn health, potential danger signs, and nudge appointment reminders. Since it’s two-way, they can also text in questions to clinical experts at our helpdesk. The purpose of this platform is to empower mothers with the information that they need to seek care when they need it, especially at critical times. To date, we have enrolled 150,000 mothers on the platform from 250 clinics and hospitals, and have 72,000 monthly active users, and an active help desk as well, answering 550 questions per day.
Really excited to be on this forum and learn about the other cool stuff that is going on in the space! Please reach out to chat or if you’re interested in learning more about what we do