Bringing Better Data to COVID-19 Hotspots in Kenya

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Jan 6, 2021

Innovation with Intel: Nexleaf Brings its Global Vaccine Monitoring Technology to Power Monitoring for COVID-19 Hotspots

Using Intel-enabled ColdTrace, Nexleaf Analytics and the Center for Public Health and Development are partnering to bring critical data on power for health clinics located in COVID-19 hotspots across Kenya.

Nexleaf Analytics is a nonprofit organization that creates technology solutions to improve health outcomes for the 3 billion poorest people around the globe. Nexleaf’s vaccine cold chain solution, ColdTrace 5, built on Intel’s 2G chipset, has scaled to protect the vaccine supply chain for over 12 million babies, or 1 in 10 babies born each year on earth. With the onset of COVID- 19, Nexleaf has worked not only to expand protection of the vaccine supply chain and help ensure equitable access to potent vaccines, but is also pursuing new applications of the ColdTrace technology to support health workers actively responding to the pandemic. Nexleaf is proud to announce a new partnership and foundational support to launch an initiative to bring better data and real-time alerts on power outages to health clinics located in COVID-19 hotspots in Kenya.

Funding for this solution was provided in part by Intel Corporation’s Pandemic Response Technology Initiative. Intel is committed to accelerating access to technology that can combat the current pandemic and enable scientific discovery that better prepares our world for future crises.

The Challenge: Saving Lives in the Dark

A recent 2015 WHO survey cites a finding that only 28% of health facilities had reliable access to electricity in 14 low-income countries surveyed. This doesn’t just leave doctors and nurses in the dark– it also impacts the function of life-saving equipment, such as ventilators and oxygen concentrators. “Even a one-minute lapse of power in a health setting can have serious implications for patients. Consistent power access and electrification is crucial. Many people don’t realize power outages are such a big problem, and think that generators are fail-proof, but our data reveals that back-up power systems fail too. It’s critical to address these infrastructure gaps if we want to improve health outcomes and save lives,” said Marym Mohammady, Program Manager at Nexleaf Analytics. To combat the challenge of power outages, governments and healthcare professionals, especially those with limited resources, need better data on how frequently and where critical power outages are occurring.

The Solution: Better Data Sheds Light on Power Needs

Nexleaf is partnering with the Center for Public Health and Development (CPHD) to deploy ColdTrace technology to monitor power outages in COVID-19 treatment facilities. Together, the teams will examine power parameters to design effective real-time alerts for responding to power outages, to ensure that alerts are triggered based on the needs of health workers and reflect the context on the ground. These alerts will help Nexleaf and the CPHD team explore immediate mitigation measures and effective actions healthcare workers can make in response to power outages.

“Medical equipment relies on power to function properly, yet in Africa power is often very unreliable. Power surges, lags, and outages not only damage expensive medical equipment, but can also affect quality of care. As healthcare professionals continue to wage the fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and rely on life-saving equipment to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate patients, the importance of reliable power is evident now more than ever,” said Dr. Bernard Olayo, Founder & Chairman of the Center for Public Health and Development.

With support of enabling technologies, such as Intel’s 2G cellular chipset, and foundational support from Intel for this work, the partners aim to make real-time data and sensor technologies more accessible around the globe, to empower health workers and save more lives.

Nexleaf Analytics is a non-profit technology company that provides data and technology solutions to improve the health of people everywhere.

The Center for Public Health and Development is an indigenous Kenyan non-profit organization that develops and implements health system innovations relevant to some of the toughest and most neglected public health challenges in the Eastern African region.


Natalie Evans
Director of Global Engagement