June 11, 2016, Rangoon, Burma: Koe Koe Tech, a Rangoon-based IT social enterprise founded by two cousins, a Burmese national and a Burmese-American, today announced a $150,000 award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to reduce maternal and child mortality rates in Burma with its “maymay” app. Koe Koe Tech is using Stage 1 funding from USAID’s Development Innovation Venture (DIV) to test the maymay app’s health impacts and to scale up the maymay app nationwide in Burma.
The maymay app provides access to quality health information related to pregnancy and childrearing; will provide a 10,000-doctor lookup where users can search and rate doctors; telemedicine consultations with doctors; and will provide a buy console where users can buy medicines, contraceptives, and other health products that will be delivered to their door by Population Services International (PSI) rural sales agents.
The health information is written by PSI doctors and has been officially approved by the Ministry of Health (MOH). This information is timed to the week of the woman’s pregnancy, so she and her partner can learn about the importance of having four or more antenatal clinic visits, a facility-based birth, exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of their baby’s life, and identification and prevention of maternal anemia, pneumonia, and other complications that can endanger the lives of the mother and baby.
The maymay app also features a beta version of telemedicine: currently, users can engage in telemedicine consultations with about 500 PSI doctors searchable by location and specialty in the app. There are about 1,500 such consultations performed each month as of this writing. Soon the maymay app will feature about 10,000 doctors, searchable and rateable by users. Koe Koe Tech understands the importance of quality healthcare personally: co-founder Yarzar Minn Htoo contracted Hepatitis B, an incurable disease, from a doctor who reused a dirty needle.
Finally, the maymay app will feature a buy console where users can order health products that will delivered to their door by PSI rural sales agents. These products include contraceptives, anti-inflammatories, anti-malaria pills, oral rehydration salts, and other essential health products for rural people. They will also be cheaper and of higher quality than many of the substandard and fake drugs and products sold in rural areas.
To date, maymay has about 30,000 monthly active users and 1,500 monthly telemedicine consultations, exceptional in a country that just launched telco networks in late 2014. Koe Koe Tech aims to use the USAID DIV funding to cover much of the about 800,000 newly pregnant women each year in Burma.
Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is an open innovation fund at USAID that sources, tests, and scales breakthrough solutions to global development challenges. Through a year-round grant competition for innovative ideas in any sector and nearly any country, DIV invests funding and hands-on support in solutions with the potential to deliver more impact, for lower cost, at sustainable scale. For more information about DIV, please visit http://www.usaid.gov/div.
Ooredoo launched its voice and data network in Myanmar in August 2014; Telenor plans to follow suit in September 2014. MPT has entered into a joint venture with KDDI. Mobile phone use in Myanmar is set to go exponentially in the coming years. We are developing mobile apps in line with Myanmar's growing mobile use.
Kyan Mar Yae is Myanmar's first general health app, created by Myanmar IT social enterprise Koe Koe Tech in partnership with health INGO Population Services International (PSI), telco operator Ooredoo, and global mobile association GSMA via a generous GSMA Connected Women grant. Kyan Mar Yae features valuable health information created by PSI's Myanmar doctors on 32 general health categories, including wellness, exercise, nutrition, infectious diseases like malaria and dengue, reproductive health, family planning, non-communicable diseases like hypertension and diabetes, adolescent and child health, and cardiovascular disease.
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The two first met in Myanmar in 2009, and realized they were kindred spirits -- wanting to help others, especially people in Myanmar. But the political and economic climate was not ripe for action yet, so Mike and Yar Zar spent their free time trading ideas. Mike's interest in Myanmar was particularly piqued when the 2010 elections occurred in Myanmar, and he visited Myanmar frequently thereafter, where he schemed with Yar Zar some more.
Myanmar still has tremendous issues that will take many years and the efforts of many people working together, but in recent years the country has slowly started to open up. In light of these slow changes, in July 2012 Mike got on a plane to Yangon, and Yar Zar and Mike have spent the entire 2012 year setting their schemes into action. In this new age, the two wondered how the ordinary people of Myanmar would fare. They decided to do their best to help out. Yar Zar and Mike set up shop in the diverse neighborhood of Mingala Taung Nyunt and formed the company Koe Koe.
Nearly 100% of Koe Koe's employees (except for Mike!) are citizens of Myanmar from modest socioeconomic backgrounds. Koe Koe's workforce includes Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Burmese, ethnic minorities, and a mix of all of the above -- truly representative of Myanmar's diversity. We are an equal opportunity employer. Training is provided onsite for employees.
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