A staggering figure of 800,000 people in Kenya are on record as having Epilepsy but 80% are not under treatment. This is caused mainly by lack of information, mis-information and stigma.
To try and curb this deficiency, Safaricom Kenya, ANDREF and KAWE created M-Kifafa.
M-Kifafa is an SMS platform that was developed to create awareness, through information dispensation and linking patients to medical care. With the option of *215#, one can get information about:
• Epilepsy triggers,
• Health facilities and
• First Aid.
In 2012, the pilot product ran for five months and close to 4,000 people subscribed. 847 were patients, while 3,000 were care givers.
Its effectiveness in awareness creation and significant reach lays in the fact that over 82% of the Kenyan population have access to a mobile phone.
KAWE’S Programme coordinator, Rosemary Gathara participated in the 2016 Shark Tank Competition in San Francisco, California.
Her presentation earned part of the money needed for the project, and we are looking forward to the re-launch of M-kifafa.