1.Refugee First Response Center
Refugee First Response Center (RFRC) uses Cisco equipment to provide live video translation services during medical visits in a repurposed shipping container. The mobile health clinic connects doctors and patients with 750 live interpreters that are fluent in more than 50 languages. The pilot was co-created by Mirko Bass, a business development evangelist at US tech multinational Cisco and Harald Neidhardt, CEO of innovation agency MLOVE.
Staffed by the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, RFRC completed over 5,000 medical exams with liver interpretation within its first five months and is working with partners to launch 100 shipping-container clinics in hotspots along migration routes.
Leap is a mobile learning health application for community health workers (CHWs) in sub-Saharan Africa that came out of a cross-sector partnership between Accenture, M-Pesa Foundation, Safaricom, Mezzanine, and Amref Health Africa.
An Accenture report argues that Leap could be a powerful way of delivering healthcare to refugees as it addresses language and cultural barriers, and could even be a source of livelihood for refugees if they can be trained as CHWs. Within the refugee and migrant populations, there are a significant number of doctors and healthcare professionals, but presently they are not permitted to practice in Europe without going through a formal registration process.
However, if these healthcare professionals were permitted – under the supervision of the national health authorities – to treat nationals from their own countries, it would reduce the burden on the host country while mitigating the language barriers that many refugees and migrants face when trying to access the formal health care system.
One of the challenges health authorities face with refugee and migrants is disease monitoring, especially in informal settlements where access to safe water and sanitation may be inadequate. PathVis is a smartphone-based detection platform that promises to measure pathogen levels in the field in real time so that infectious disease hotspots can be identified and responded to quickly. While new, it is incredibly promising as a tool for diagnosing illnesses among displaced populations as they move along migrant routes.