When we started creating this program in 2011, we thought that besides funding we can find new opportunities unexploited with the aim to have a more qualitative and wider impact by using precisely what we have at the heart of our success in Vodafone, the use of technology in the service of people's lives.
Today, in the third year of implementation, we can estimate thousands and thousands of Albanians in remote areas of the country who have benefited of free medical tests, villagers and mountaineers who live far from areas with a doctor or a medical centre. 400 villages in rural areas all over the country are visited by Albanian Red Cross doctors throughout the year who provide free medical tests that measure the level of diabetes, cardiovascular conditions and hypertension, respiratory problems, and some specific tests for blood. This year we have also added to the list tests that measure the level of cholesterol and triglycerides. The test results are sent immediately through a mobile application to Hygeia Hospital in Tirana, where a specialised doctor gives his/her medial opinion about each test thanks to the use of our technology. Among the residents of the villages that are visited, priority is given to the most vulnerable groups: the elderly, disability and people with chronic illnesses.
In the framework of the World Decade dedicated to Roma people, this year program will also include this highly vulnerable community – aiming to double the number of beneficiaries with a total of 45,000 beneficiaries. To understand the importance and impact of Telemedicine on the health of people we can just refer to the data of last year when approximately 23% of the total number of beneficiaries result with health problems that require specialized medical treatment.