M-Tiba, the mobile health wallet service developed for the Kenyan market, now has more than 500,000 users, according to its founders.
First announced in December 2015 by partners CarePay, PharmAccess and Safaricom, the service went nationwide in September 2016. Based on Safaricom's popular M-Pesa mobile payments platform, it allows users to save, receive and send health wallet credits that can only be used at healthcare providers that are part of the M-Tiba network. It also enables data related to healthcare and the use of services to be monitored and analyzed.
Since launch, the M-Tiba platform has recorded more than 190,000 user visits to the 350 healthcare facilities that are part of the M-Tiba program, while more than 100 million Kenyan shillings (almost US$1 million) has been distributed to the healthcare facilities that have delivered care to the M-Tiba users.
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