Jamii ni Afya
Zanzibar’s digitally enabled community health system delivers high-quality healthcare for all.
Everyone deserves access to high-quality healthcare no matter who they are or where they live, but more than half of the world’s population—over 4 billion people—lack essential health coverage.
In Zanzibar, too many people experience poor health and children die prematurely because of persistent barriers keeping them from getting the care they need, but digital technologies have an unprecedented potential to remove these barriers and improve access to and the quality of health services
Jamii ni Afya is transforming how people access care by connecting every household to community health volunteers in the world’s first government-led, digital community health program at full national scale.
By equipping community health workers with digital tools and positioning them inside a digitally enabled health system, we can help everyone get the healthcare they need, when they need it.
What’s next for Jamii ni Afya?
In August 2021, we celebrated a significant milestone as Jamii ni Afya reached full national scale, being rolled out across all districts in Zanzibar. By ensuring all of its 1.9 million citizens have access to a digitally equipped community health volunteer at their doorstep, the Zanzibar Ministry of Health has brought the country closer to Universal Health Coverage than it has ever been before.
Long-term sustainability has been in our minds since the beginning of Jamii ni Afya and the Government has committed to full financial, programmatic and technology ownership of the program. The transition is currently the focus of the program, but we also have concrete plans to elevate the status of community health workers in the community, support them to provide comprehensive health services, and shift care delivery to people’s households, preventing emergencies before they arise and reducing the demand for curative services.
Jamii ni Afya is
The world’s first government-led,
digital community health program
Community health volunteers are supporting families all across Zanzibar. Here are three stories of clients and families who have benefitted from the support of dedicated community health volunteers in Jamii ni Afya.
Jamii ni Afya’s design, implementation, and scale-up was made possible by the generous support of funders and partners around the world.