tuGEMA (Global Enterprise for Medical Advancement) is the tuvuga mobile health solution for healthcare using SMS technologies for areas on the globe without a strong internet connection.
In September of 2017, according to the UN...of the 7.6 billion people in the world, 3.58 billion, or 48 percent, are using the internet... Africa had the lowest percentage of internet user penetration, with only 21.8 percent of the population having internet access.
By working with partners, tuGEMA is initially focused on providing healthcare information and resources to communities in Africa to reduce the advanced disease processes to all Africans living in remote rural areas that lack access to healthcare, infrastructure, and technology.
tuGEMA technology and it’s services will expand beyond Africa and will be applied to other areas of the globe with similar needs as part of our 'Global Inclusion Initiative.'
FACT: According to the World Health Organization, for every 10,000 inhabitants of sub-Saharan Africa, there are only two doctors, leading to drastically overcrowded hospitals with many rural Africans having little to no access to health care resources. Additionally, Africa bears 25 percent of the global disease burden, but its inhabitants have access to only three percent of the world’s health care workers.
Loic Assobmo, ARNP (Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts) is the think-tank, creator and designer of tuGEMA. Loic, researched, garnered support from medical doctors here in the US and in Africa and received funds for his first prototype from a BC Venture Competition. Loic, later, partnered with tuvuga because of similar missions to assist in providing healthcare information to everyone around the world without a smartphone.
This focus on the rural locations comes from his own childhood experiences in the remote village of Dscheng in Cameroon. When he was six, his mother had a stroke, a medical condition that no one in the village could identify or attempt to cure. It took two days to raise enough money to get to a hospital, which was so crowded and inefficient, that Assobmo and his family had to come to the United States to receive adequate treatment.
“tuGEMA isn’t planning to focus on cities with hospitals and inhabitants with ready access to medical resources, despite the fact that these hospitals are overcrowded, with lines out the doors of many from morning until evening.”
“We’re trying to target the remote rural areas,” Assobmo said. “These are the areas where there aren’t any hospitals, there aren’t any health care workers, and people don’t have access to the internet, so they can’t get resources on symptoms, or how to take care of their loved ones who are sick.”
That's tuGEMA - working toward 'Global Inclusion.'
PICTURE: "There needs to be a way to empower people to recognize the illnesses that can harm them,” says Loic Assobmo ’15 (on the left), with doctors Kristou Metchum and Bouting Mayaka at the Dschang District Hospital in central Cameroon. (Photo courtesy Loic Assobmo)