Reflections from Medic’s CEO
accelerating equity in healthcare
As I reflect on the past year, I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude. Gratitude for gracious colleagues who have been patient and kind during my first year in this role. Gratitude to contribute to a vision where Community Health Workers are valued, paid, and equipped with digital technology to enable better, faster, and more equitable healthcare for millions. Gratitude for each of you – Medic’s compassionate allies, advocates, donors, and partners.
You make our work possible, you bring visibility to the 40,000 health workers supported by CHT-powered digital tools, and you are actively creating a world where more people receive the healthcare they need – regardless of their gender, geographic location, cultural heritage or socioeconomic status. Thank you for your solidarity.
As we embark on a new and exciting year ahead, Medic celebrates major milestones from 2022 that will enable catalytic growth in our second decade of operations. In 2023, we invite you to continue following our work and join us in celebrating progress toward a more equitable future for everyone, everywhere.
Thank you. Merci. Asante. धन्यवाद. Webale. Shukria. Jëre-Jëfe.
Dr. Krishna Jafa, MBBS, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
In November 2022, CHT-Core v4.0 officially launched – a decade-long culmination of innovation and iteration. As a key CHT milestone, 4.0 allows for more reliable scaling of apps – priming an estimated 3x growth in users by 2025 and 100 million additional caring activities completed. Revisit the public launch.
New year, new look: Community Health Toolkit logo refresh.
The new continuous support logo embodies foundational Medic beliefs: an infinity symbol to represent continuity of care and support; and two people in conversation, linked together, to represent humanity and connectedness.
Community growth: Building an inclusive health ecosystem.
In 2022, we partnered with Bayer Foundation and PATH to launch the Digital Health Ecosystem project, an initiative dedicated to supporting Africa-based organizations with technical mentorship and early stage accompaniment. The project aims to reduce technical, implementation, political, and economic barriers to equipping CHWs with human-centered, financially sustainable digital tools.
Collaborative partnerships to advance care.
Our many years of dynamic collaborations enabled us to contribute to the launch of eCHIS in Kenya, serve as lead technical solution provider for Mali’s national Digitalisation de la Santé Communautaire (DISC) program, celebrate open-sourcing Partners In Health’s YendaNafe app, advance universal health coverage with D-Tree, and launch a new CHT-based Android app to support nurses in Nepal. We also remained an active founding member of the Community Health Impact Coalition, deepened our engagement as a founding member of Unlock Aid, and joined the Million Lives Collective and Transform Health Coalition. We are grateful to each partner for their shared commitment to equitable health for all and look forward to continued success together in 2023.
Accelerating radical research, innovations, and discoveries.
Our innovation and R&D hub, Medic Labs, partnered with many of you to identify and respond to climate-sensitive diseases and conditions, build integrations with Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems to improve continuity of care, strengthen last-mile supply chain and stock management workflows, and explore digital payments. We also launched the data observation toolkit (DOT) with DataKind to automate the process of checking for and addressing inconsistent or problematic data.
on our global
We welcomed Chief Program Officer Robert Mutai, Director of Community Nekesa Were, Board members Wambui Kinya and Dykki Settle, and new teammates across our Operations, External Affairs, Programs, Product, and Research teams. Each individual has brought passion, diligence, and heart, further expanding our exceptional and talented global team to live our core values of humanity, openness, solidarity, creativity, and initiative.