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Biospectal Partners with Amref Health Africa to Extend Global Access to Blood Pressure Management

Friday, October 07, 2022

Biospectal SA, the remote patient monitoring and biosensing software company, and Amref Health Africa, the largest health NGO in Africa, today announced the launch of a Mobile Remote Patient Monitoring (MRPM) hypertension management pilot program in Kibera (Nairobi), Kenya, the largest informal settlement in Africa. The first-of-its-kind partnership will enable Biospectal to build upon the four independent World Health Organization validation studies it currently has in progress in South Africa, Tanzania, Bangladesh and Indonesia, and to scale the impact of Biospectal’s OptiBP™ smartphone-based, blood pressure solution across Africa.

“Biospectal’s remote monitoring software puts easy, accurate and intelligent blood pressure monitoring at the literal fingertips of people around the world. We are thrilled to be working with Amref, whose reach amplifies our ability to pursue our mission to help solve the global hypertension epidemic,” said Biospectal CEO and co-founder, Eliott Jones. “Amref’s expertise combined with Biospectal’s technology will enable us to make a huge stride in increasing access to hypertension care.”

Biospectal OptiBP launched in public beta for Android in January 2021 and in public beta for iOS in January 2022. Biospectal’s OptiBP medical-grade mobile app uses a smartphone camera’s optical lens to measure and record a user’s blood pressure via their fingertip. With the ease and availability of Biospectal OptiBP, anyone in the world with a smartphone can turn their device into a connected, smart, clinical-grade monitor in the time it takes to download and install an app. View a short video of how Biospectal OptiBP works here.

Dubbed the “silent killer,” only one in five people worldwide afflicted with hypertension has the disease under control. According to the WHO's Noncommunicable Diseases Country Profiles, high blood pressure affects 20% of the Kenyan population. Informal settlements present a prime location for an MRPM pilot focusing on making hypertension monitoring and management more accessible. The UN estimates that 47.5 million people, about 60% of the urban population, live in informal settlements. Kenya alone is home to 1400+ informal settlements, making up over 50% of the urban population. Kibera, is the largest informal settlement in Kenya and the largest in Africa.

“Digital transformation in health care is rapidly reaching a tipping point in providing increased access in high income settings, but technologies like Biospectal’s OptiBP blood pressure monitoring platform unlock that promise of health access for low income countries, specifically here in Kibera,” added Peter Waiganjo, Head of Venture Developments and Partnerships at Amref Health Africa, “Amref has made a commitment to work in line with the WHO Global NCD Action Plan and Kenya’s Ministry of Health National Strategy for the prevention and Control of NCDs, and this partnership is a step towards empowering communities, integrating health services, and implementing a multi-sector policy for change.”

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