Gilead Foundation, in collaboration with PharmAccess Foundation, has partnered with Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital to provide health services to low-income settlement areas in Nairobi. The project, dubbed the ‘Smiles Wallet’, will take place at the main hospital in Muthaiga (the Sunshine Smiles (HIV) clinic), Mathare, Githogoro, Pangani and Kiambiu slums and will target to enroll 50,000 beneficiaries.

The Smiles Wallet will make use of a mobile wallet health platform - a mobile application system that allows the beneficiaries to receive money through their mobile phones and these funds will then be used to procure health services at designated Gertrude’s health facilities (that is, at the Githogoro and Mathare outreach clinics, at the main hospital’s HIV clinic – Sunshine Smiles clinic, and via the mobile clinic van in Pangani and Kiambiu slums). The health services to be offered under the program include general outpatient care, HIV care & treatment, TB treatment, well baby clinic for under-five-year-olds, ante-natal & delivery services for expectant mothers, and treatment of Hepatitis B and C Virus infection.

The uniqueness about this platform is that it allows a donor to send money to the designated recipient via a mobile money transfer service, in this case, M-PESA, and the fund is locked in such a way that it can only be used at designated health facilities. These funds can only be spent on health services and cannot be redeemed for cash or other goods and services. The project duration is from April 2016 to December 2017, at a budget of USD $1.4 Million. Gertrude’s Hospital Foundation will be the fund manager for the program.