Kenya launches App for hearing-impaired persons
A mobile application targeting the hearing-impaired persons has been launched in Kenya.
The app dubbed sex elimu provides the deaf community with health-related information on family planning, protective measures and HIV/AIDS to enable them make informed decisions on their health.
Data compiled by the Kenya National Special Needs Education indicates that impairment in hearing has risen in the past two decades, with the survey showing that one out of every 10 Kenyans suffer from the impairment.
This is when compared to some 20 years ago where hearing problems were estimated to affect between five and eight people out of every 100 Kenyans, or less than one in every 10.
It is estimated that over 300,000 Kenyans are hearing-impaired and most of them do not have access to basic health-care information, especially about HIV/AIDS.
The app designed for the deaf offers health-related information on family planning, protective measures and HIV/AIDS to empower them make informed decisions about their health.
Although the Sex eLimu app is still in its infancy stage, Hudson Asiema, creator of the App believes it will help bridge communication gaps between the deaf and doctors who do not understand sign language.
Asiema says one of his biggest challenge is inadequate health-care data on marginalized groups.
The creator of the app hopes that one day his app will be available worldwide.