The Unilever Global Development Award: Access Afya

Award Type: 

Highly commended

HIghly commended for a Business in the Community Responsible Business Award 2018 

Action and Impact
For people living in the developing world, maintaining health and wellbeing is not always easy with many facing difficult options, such as having to go into debt to receive quality care, buying low-quality medicines or simply waiting and doing nothing. Access Afya are attempting to address this by establishing a model to make world class healthcare more affordable and accessible to the most neglected people. Through its Akiba ya Roho programme, the company provides screening technologies and tools that can be used by non-clinician health providers to help prevent, detect and manage non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
By 2030, it aims to reduce premature mortality from NCDs by a third and achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential healthcare services and access to safe, effective and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all. “Akiba ya Roho is a wonderful example of what happens when you combine innovations in health financing, mobile technology, health workforce management, and best practices in clinical care,” says Access Afya’s founder and CEO, Melissa Menke. “We already see this programme saving lives.”