Safaricom, a leading mobile network operator in Kenya has announced the launch of a new health payment platform that will enable citizens to easily access health care.
The platform – M-Tiba, will deliver a mobile health wallet that channels funds earmarked for health services directly to recipients, thereby allowing for an effective way of tracking and monitoring the use of funds.
In a press release, CEO of Safaricom, Bob Collymore said, “We are extending the capability of the mobile phone to make a tangible difference in the way healthcare is delivered in Kenya. M-Tiba will allow services to reach previously inaccessible areas to transform the way healthcare is delivered.”
Using M-Tiba, funds will housed in specialized health wallets via M-Pesa and their use will be restricted to conditional spending at select healthcare providers who form part of a nationwide M-Tiba network.
Donors, governments and other funders will receive real-time access to monitor the use of their funds.
The first donor partner to use the M-Tiba platform is The Pfizer Foundation, whose funds will be used to reach people in the slums of Nairobi.
M-Tiba was launched in partnership with PharmAccess Foundation, a thought leader in healthcare innovations and CarePay, a company which manages healthcare payments between funders, patients and healthcare providers.
Safaricom, the biggest communication company in East and Central Africa, provides voice, data, financial services and enterprise solutions for a range of subscribers, small businesses and government using a variety of platforms.