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NMU app in the run for international award

KAZIHEALTH, a mobile application developed by Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Community Technologies (CCT), is a finalist in the fourth Commonwealth Digital Health Awards.

The KaziHealth mobile app integrates three lifestyle interventions: physical activity, nutrition and stress management, to guide individuals toward achieving their personal health goals.

Education, motivation and self-monitoring are provided within the app to keep individuals motivated, informed and by means to ultimately make healthier lifestyle choices and decrease health risks.

Coordinator of the Health Awards, Dr Pandula Siribaddana, confirmed that KaziHealth had been selected as a finalist in the ‘health education’ category to which it had applied.

“Among the finalists are submissions from the United Kingdom, Australia, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, India and Slovenia, among others,” Siribaddana said.

“In making the selection, the awards focused on areas of novelty, innovativeness, market potential, frugalness and the evidence base behind the work,” Siribaddana added.

The CCT director, Prof Darelle van Greunen, said that since the beginning of the pandemic, the COVID-19 crisis had been highlighting the value that digital health solutions could bring to patients – whether that’s managing patients in their home environments, reducing the burdens and risks associated with travel to clinics or streamlining care pathways in hospitals.

“Adopting technology can help clinical teams in healthcare systems across the globe manage patients more efficiently and deliver improved outcomes. Solutions such as KaziHealth provide just a small glimpse of the difference that digital health solutions can make,” Van Greunen said.

“The workplace health promotion programme that educates and improves health behaviours in individuals, provides support for patients, who benefit from better engagement with support teams.

“The recognition of being listed as a finalist in the Commonwealth Digital Health Awards will again underscore not only the importance of digital health solutions but also the fact that locally developed solutions can compete globally,” she added.

A date has not yet been announced for the virtual awards ceremony.

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