Source: NorthFulton.com

Alpharetta-based nonprofit Partners for Care nonprofit helps Kenyans
Technology gives leverage

by SHUBHI TANGRI

November 13, 2013

ALPHARETTA, Ga. Alpharetta-based nonprofit Partners for Care (PFC) has successfully implemented its mHealth program in Kenya. The program, led by Kenyan nationals, is a joint effort through Partners for Care and its partners in the Marurui slum just north of Nairobi, consisting of 800 households with mostly female heads of households. Most people in the slum are unemployed, with the homes having no electricity or running water. The slum is also filled with children whose relatives have passed away due to AIDS.

Utilizing technology and a handheld Android device, a PFC non-medical clinic staff member can visit a patient in their home, collect and transmit patient symptoms including photos and vitals via an electronic medical record application to the PFC clinician for assessment and appropriate care options.

The serious shortage of available physicians in Kenya makes it impossible to meet the need for medical care. As a result, 473 children under the age of 5 die every day.

Partners for Care is focused on community health initiatives in Kenya. PFC was founded in 2008 by Alpharetta resident Connie Cheren, a registered nurse and social worker, and David Gruber, an Atlanta-area businessman.

Partners for Care raises its funds through donations from its board of directors, campaigns (which have raised $125,000 in two months) and also by buying products in Kenya from the destitute and selling those products back in the U.S.

To learn more about PFC and its programs, visit www.partnersforcare.org.