Ride-Sharing for Sample Transport
Ruth Betchel of VillageReach in the U.S. will create a hub to coordinate and track the transport of clinical samples from health facilities to laboratories for diagnosis in Mozambique so that diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis can be identified and treated earlier. Timely diagnosis of disease is also critical for preventing spread. In Mozambique, the existing transport system for patient samples relies on outside providers and is largely uncoordinated, unreliable, and inefficient. They will create a transport coordinating center equipped with an information system to enable dispatchers to match the planned transport routes of a network of existing drivers with samples waiting to be transported. They will also build a sample tracking tool that works via a smartphone application for health workers to request transport and to monitor samples during transport. This will help identify ways to increase the efficiency and speed of delivery.