The first of its kind program aims to enhance and deliver health services to 500,000 Cambodians
San Diego, September 5, 2018 – Everest, a biometry based, value transfer company, the Cambodian Health Ministry of Kampong Chhnang province, Singapore based KK Hospitals and local implementer WAH Foundation have developed a strategic partnership to undertake a pilot program to drastically improve current health care administration, medical records keeping and maternal care delivery programs within provincial health centers and hospitals within Kampong Chhnang province. The trial looks to build technological efficiencies on top of the robust relationship built between the WAH Foundation and KK Hospitals and the local health care centers and hospitals, under the administrative direction of the provincial health ministry.
This partnership represents the first of its kind in ASEAN, incorporating the lessons learned, best practices and use of blockchain technology to tackle health related issues within the Cambodian context.
“The successful implementation of this project, and subsequently scaling it up, will provide an excellent platform for Kampong Chhnang’s population to access additional health and financial services,” said Bob Reid, CEO of Everest. “Leapfrogging the existing technology empowers rapid and cost-effective deployment of these services, which will positively impact the daily lives of the province’s residents.”
Kampong Chhnang province, located in central Cambodia, has a population of 500,000 served by 42 health centers and 3 hospitals staffed by over 220 midwives, and 200 pediatric nurses and doctors. Everest’s technology, coupled with KK Hospitals technical advisory services and the WAH foundations deep rooted understanding of field conditions presents a unique opportunity for rapidly accessing and efficiently delivering a multitude of health services to all of Kampong Chhnang’s residents.
“Kampong Chhnang Provincial Health Department, part of MOH, look forward to seeing the results of the Everest/WAH pilot, which we hope will scale up across the province of 500,000 people, and potentially become a national program across the whole of Cambodia said Prak Vonn, Kampong Chhnang Health Ministry. This will allow for more transparency, accountability and cost savings in the provincial health care system. It will ultimately lead to improved healthcare for individuals and the community, and build awareness, mainly amongst women who participate in the program. Eventually we can see the use of Blockchain systems across multiple health sectors & programs such as cash transfer systems and government subsidies.”
WAH foundation founder Christopher Wilson noted that “WAH strives to improve the standard of healthcare in Kampong Chhnang province, through collaborations with international hospital groups and companies which can add value to the health system. One important aspect of improving standards is training and education of midwives, nurses and doctors. Another aspect is through the use of technology, to improve patient records, track Mothers during pregnancy to the 30th day of the baby’s life, overall communication between patients and medical institutions, and create a value transfer platform that can be used to receive medicine. WAH Foundation are very excited about the program we are starting with Everest, to help improve medical services to mothers and children through the use of blockchain.”
“KKH has been running medical training programs in Kampong Chhnang since 2013. The programs started with emergency procedures for midwives, and then moved to pediatric training programs, integrated with train-the-trainer programs for sustainability. We are aware of the need to track mothers from birth to the 30th day of the baby’s life, to make sure the mother is well nourished, understands her pregnancy, and understands the need to go to the health center early to prevent complications later on. Everest has the ability to identify and track mothers, to ensure that they have a healthy and trouble-free pregnancy, including a sound understanding of post-birth care in critical first 30 days of the baby’s life. The pilot being run in Kampong Chhnang could set a new precedent for maternal and child care, and become scalable not only in developing countries but also in developed markets” said Dr. Ng Kee Chong, Associate Professor and Chairman of KKH Medical Board.
The partners are now developing the pilot program design and operations planning of this service in order to be ready to scale up across the province once complete.
WAH Foundation is a Cambodia registered Non-Government-Organization. Their mission is to improve the lives and conditions of rural communities in Cambodia, through dedication to sustainable clean water and health projects with a priority on the well-being of women and children. It is currently working within Kampong Chhnang province and with the provincial hospital systems and public health networks within Cambodia. WAH has been working in the clean water sector since 2009, and the medical training sector since 2011 and partners with the local health care centers and hospitals to provides clean water solutions, medical training, training of trainer programs, river ambulances and specific emergency services, in situations of extreme disease or dire conditions.
Everest is an economic and value transfer platform, anchored in biometric identity, which is the world’s only device-free, globally accessible, self-sovereign digital wallet and payment solution. By leveraging blockchain and distributed storage technologies, Everest empowers banks, governments, NGOs, hospitals, businesses and other institutions to transparently and effectively exchange value with those hard to reach users, especially the 5 billion users without smartphones, all while giving users the most control and privacy in the market. App developers leverage Everest’s platform for services like remittances, micro-finance, micro-insurance, payroll, cash transfer, KYC/AML, land, medical records, etc. For more For more information, visit www.everest.org