How blockchain will shake up the Afghan healthcare sector
The Afghan health ministry has just signed an agreement for the development of the blockchain across the country, which will set up secured medical records to better monitor patients and will help detecting counterfeit medications.
- €5,075 Budget in Euros
- 2020 Final release date
- 3 Round winner
- 1 Location
What if Afghanistan becomes a pioneer applying blockchain to its health sector? In the West, this revolutionary technology is currently struggling to and outlets because control systems are efficient and advanced. But it least developed countries, it represents a serious alternative at a lower cost to implement control procedures.
Years of war in Afghanistan have made borders porous and allowed the smuggling of counterfeits medication. According to the WHO, this multi-billion dollar market causes the death of thousands of people each year. The establishment of the blockchain technology would help certify the authenticity of documents and identify the origin of the drugs. Concretely, it will help to better trace medicines thanks to a unique tamper-proof code.
The Ministry of Health signed an agreement in December for its installation and the first tests took place in January. In hospitals, healthcare professionals are training and preparing to experiment with the technology. But does the country really have the means to succeed? According to the French NGO MRCA, which manages around 500 health centers in Farah province, one of the poorest in Afghanistan, this implementation is not realistic. The technology is said to be poorly mastered, to take years to install, and is not immune to a change of political regime.
Others, however, believe it hard. If Afghanistan successfully completes its technology transition and succeeds in developing its health sector, it could lead the way for dozens of other countries.