The University of Nairobi was confirmed as the Public Research Organization for the Research and Development (R&D) Impact Project - a project conducted by the Damu-Sasa blood services management system - a cloud-based system that supports blood sourcing, inventory management, transfusion management, haemovigilance, referrals and deferrals.
The R&D Impact Project conducted by Damu-Sasa in partnership with the University of Nairobi is expected to help in understanding the behavioural factors that influence blood donor decisions and also promote the uptake of this technology in local hospitals, in the management of blood transfusion. This project is financed by Vilgro- Africa, an incubator and impact investor supporting emerging healthcare businesses in Africa.
The Executive Chairman Dr Matunda Nyanchama and the cofounders of Damu-Sasa System Limited, Mr Aaron Ogunde and Mr Kilemi Thambura deliberated about the project with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi (UoN) Professor Julius Ogengo during a courtesy call visit.
“The University of Nairobi will undertake the research whose output will help Damu-Sasa advance its technological leadership in this field, which will be of great benefit to the general public and the Ministry of Health to resolve the issues of blood shortages in the country”, remarked Dr Matunda.
“From the health perspective, blood may be looked at as an important tissue, but from a social perspective, it has a lot of cultural undertones that we may not be aware of until we dig into perspectives and superstitions” noted Dr Khamati. “This is why this project is very important to carry out and understand from a cultural perspective.” he asserted.
Damu Sasa came out of the first cohort of a programme run by the ministry of ICT called the Presidential Digital Talent Programme, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the programme at Taifa Hall in 2015.