In 2011, we partnered with Zanzibar’s Ministry of Health (MOH) to improve the availability of medical equipment in the state’s public hospitals.
In 2012, we conducted a needs assessment in two of Zanzibar’s largest hospitals and one public health laboratory. Later that year we rolled out our inventory management software in these three facilities.
In March 2013, we conducted our first hospital technician training program in Zanzibar. It was a 4-month course for 10 local technicians that targeted 80% of the most common breakdowns in resource-poor hospitals.
Since the roll-out of our first product in 2012, our programs have directly contributed to the full repair of 300,000 USD of broken equipment in Zanzibar’s hospitals for under 500 USD in spare parts and repair tools costs.
In the summer of 2014, we travelled to Dar es Salam, Tanzania and Accra, Ghana to identify suitable hospitals for a 3-month pilot program of our software, Zanhealth. We visited over forty hospitals and identified three target hospitals, two in Accra, Ghana and one in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Across these hospitals, we collected inventory information for over 500 pieces of medical and facilities equipment, importing this data into Zanhealth. We also rolled out the software and conducted user training for more than 30 key hospital staff.
We updated software features according to hospital needs throughout the summer, leading to the open-source version of Zanhealth.
Our learnings from Tanzania and Ghana have informed the latest version of Zanhealth, now optimally suited for hospital staff to integrate into their workflow. In light of what we've learned, we have decided to open-source the software in order to foster more rapid innovation and future customization for hospitals.