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Revolutionizing healthcare access in Kenya, one backpack at a time

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

By Center for Emerging Markets, on December 11th, 2023

In the remote regions of Baringo County, Kenya, Alex Chang, a fourth-year Biology and Political Science student at Northeastern University, has spent the past four months spearheading a critical initiative to provide portable medical exam and sampling technology to rural communities.

Under the leadership of Northeastern Professor Richard Wamai and the African Center for Community Investment in Health (ACCIH), Alex has made strides in introducing cold chain laboratory sample transport to these communities in the form of refrigerated backpacks that can be carried by Boda Bodas – a team of volunteer motorcycle drivers often serving as taxi transport and emergency responders in the region.

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