The next phase in the battle against non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Kenya was launched in May 2017. The innovation workshop held at Merck in Darmstadt just three months earlier provided a forum for entrepreneurs, government representatives and health experts from Kenya and Europe to fine tune a number of potential business ideas. These ideas were put to the test in the ‘reality check’ in Kenya. Workshop participants met up again in Nairobi to launch the 90-day prototype trial and optimise their models.
The team that created the virtual quiz platform ‘Health Games Kenya’ developed questions for the trial that raised awareness of the consequences of unhealthy lifestyles and the potential for causing diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Students and lecturers from the University of Nairobi took part in the first run-through: following a brief introduction, they were given an opportunity to try out ‘Health Games Kenya’ for themselves. The quiz proved a lively and entertaining way for them to test their knowledge on a wide range of health issues.
The team of developers were particularly grateful for the constructive criticism received from those taking part in the trial. The next phase of the business idea now centres on developing and fine-tuning the platform – and in particular adapting the business model to local circumstances. Mellany Mugor, Africa Director of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network Kenya, underlined the urgent need for information platforms such as ‘Health Games Kenya’, saying: ‘As the first model of its kind in Kenya, this platform will revolutionise young people’s knowledge and awareness of NCDs and in so doing contribute to their prevention.’
Left: Thomas Lilge (gamelab.berlin) during his presentation of the online platform. Right: Students and lecturers take part in the ‘Health Games Kenya’ trial at the University of Nairobi.
Thomas Lilge – gamelab.berlin // Leopold Reif – SNTL Publishing