Kamari & Kinect Partner to Fund HIV Programs & Support UN SDG’s in Africa
Collaboration to promote health programs supporting UN Sustainable Development Goals
Two technology companies have come together with one goal — to reduce the spread of HIV in Africa. The blockchain and healthcare technology company Kinect has partnered with Kamari, who is building an ecosystem of mobile gaming and lotteries with existing licenses in over seven African countries, to fund and promote new HIV testing programs in countries across the African continent. Both companies are focused on development across Africa and have formed an official partnership with the intention of promoting health initiatives and increase the detection of infectious diseases, aimed to support the United Nations SDG #3: Good Health and Well Being.
The idea behind this initiative is to incentivize people to engage with and eliminate HIV through education. Currently, HIV infection continues to rise in parts of sub-saharan Africa. The culprit is miseducation and misinformation surrounding the virus. Incorrect medical information that circulates in society ranges from how the virus is transmitted to how the disease can be managed and lived with. In a climate of inaccurate myths, the stigma of HIV lingers, leading to widespread distrust of testing for the disease, which further increases infections.
While miseducation about HIV is not a problem only in Africa, the increasing infection rate is most acute in East African and Sub-Saharan Africa, where the rate remains stubbornly high, particularly among young males ages 18–35. This is why the Kinect-Kamari partnership focuses on testing this age group. The proposed lottery is being established to encourage untested males to undergo an HIV test at participating clinics. Kinect and Kamari have entered into a US$2.5m coin swap to fund the initiative.
“HIV infection is a serious issue in many African countries and the ongoing spread of the disease by untested individuals, has been incredibly difficult to address. We believe that this partnership with Kamari and the proposed lottery to incentivise those untested individuals to take their first test, will lead to increased education, treatment and hopefully reduce the spread of the disease,” said Kinect Chairman, Toby Carroll.
The proposed testing serves multiple purposes. By encouraging people to come forward to be tested, it increases their exposure to the medical knowledge around the disease. The majority of participants, if not all of them, will see an increase in their knowledge of the disease, just by their proximity to having physically undergone the quick blood testing procedure, which is just a simple finger prick of blood. With wider societal understanding of how the virus is transmitted and how it is treated, the stigma can be reduced, leading to a cascading effect of lower transmissions.
Kinect is a technology company which focuses on health and healthcare. They work closely with numerous global charities and Ministries of Health across Africa to improve the wellbeing of Africans. They have already been engaged in a similar patient incentivization system in India, which has seen success in improving patient treatment programs. Kinect is at the forefront of a global healthcare movement dedicated to using new tech to make humanity healthier.
Kamari is a new multi-country initiative with existing gaming, online casino, and lottery licenses across multiple African countries with the goal of building a united mobile gaming and lottery ecosystem for over one billion people. By integrating existing infrastructure and licensing with a standardized currency for gaming and payments, Kamari will instantly offer a better experience to hundreds of millions of people across Africa.
“Africa will be a multi-currency universe creating benefit and liquidity to all from the unbanked to the commercially astute,” said Dr. Christopher Cleverly, CEO of Kamari. “ Kinect has a model that will thrive on an interoperable platform of shared values created through collaboration. This will be a game changer for medical data and application on the continent.”
The approach by Kinect and Kamari will potentially save thousands of lives as it transforms and incentivises the conversation around a crucial topic: HIV education. Only through greater knowledge among populations can epidemics be reigned in, which both of these companies understand. Through this unique incentivization — the opportunity to participate in a lottery — they can potentially change the conversation about HIV eradication in Africa.
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