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Kenya’s Fidelity Shield Insurance launches digital health coverage product ‘My Afya Shield’

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Kenya’s Fidelity Shield Insurance has launched a new digital health coverage scheme known as
‘My Afya Shield’ which is designed to transform healthcare access in the country.

The new product, according to Richard Marisin, Managing Director of Fidelity Shield Insurance, is an initiative that “reinforces Fidelity’s commitment to prioritizing preventive healthcare and enhancing wellness among its members.”

Marisin noted that “My Afya Shield” offers an extensive range of benefits, including access to treatments, vaccines, counseling services, mental wellness support, rehabilitation services, and personalized wellness programs.

“Notably, it includes coverage for alcohol and drug abuse rehabilitation as a standard feature, along with regular health check-ups.

“Underwritten by Fidelity Shield Insurance, My Afya Shield is accessible through a digital platform that seamlessly connects Fidelity members with a nationwide network of healthcare providers.

“Users of My Afya Shield can initiate treatments from the user-friendly digital interface, monitor benefits and limits in real-time, and easily locate and access care at healthcare providers.

“They also have the flexibility to add family members as dependents. The platform further facilitates efficient claims processing and timely payments to healthcare providers, improving the overall healthcare experience.

“We are happy to introduce My Afya Shield as a health coverage product designed to address the evolving needs of our members. This launch solidifies our commitment to delivering comprehensive and technology-driven solutions for healthcare access,” Marisin said.

He added that “My Afya Shield” leverages digital technology, allowing customers to conveniently apply for services online and minus the requirement for paper forms.

“My Afya Shield will gain rapid uptake allowing millions of Kenyans to gain comprehensive health coverage, including traditionally uninsured benefits like vaccinations, mental health, counseling, and rehabilitation services,” he added.

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Meta faces $220 million fine from Nigeria for breaking consumer, data rules

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Nigeria’s competition watchdog has fined Meta Platforms $220 million after findings that data-sharing on social media platforms breached regional consumer, privacy, and data protection rules.

According to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) of Nigeria, Meta exploited its market dominance by forcing users to agree to exploitative privacy policies, appropriated the data of Nigerian users on its platforms without their consent, and treated Nigerians differently and discriminatorily than people in other jurisdictions with comparable laws.

Meta refrained from commenting right away, but the FCCPC stated in a statement that the business had given some papers and had hired attorneys who had interacted with the agency.

The investigations, which lasted more than 38 months, were conducted in tandem with Nigeria’s Data Protection Commission, according to FCCPC head Adamu Abdullahi. He also claimed that the investigations revealed that Meta policies do not give users the choice or chance to decide for themselves whether or not to provide consent for the collection, use, and sharing of personal data.

“The totality of the investigation has concluded that Meta over the protracted period has engaged in conduct that constituted multiple and repeated, as well as continuing infringements… particularly, but not limited to abusive, and invasive practices against data subjects in Nigeria,” Abdullahi said.

“Being satisfied with the significant evidence on the record, and that Meta has been provided every opportunity to articulate any position, representations, refutations, explanations or defences of their conduct, the Commission has now entered a final order and issued a penalty against Meta,” Abdullahi said.

 

According to Abdullahi, the final ruling specifies the procedures that Meta must follow in order to abide with local legislation.

Turkey’s Competition Board penalized Meta 1.2 billion lira in May after looking into data-sharing on the company’s WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and Threads services.

Meta has encountered opposition in Europe and other regions due to purported violations of data privacy regulations. Europe has expressed disapproval of Meta’s proposal to develop its artificial intelligence algorithms using personal data without obtaining authorization.

In the meantime, intentions to look into whether digital platforms, like Meta, unfairly compete with news publishers by leveraging their content to earn ad revenue have been announced by South Africa’s competition authority.

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SA’s e-health startup RecoMed partners Discovery Vitality to simplify flu vaccinations

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South African e-health startup, RecoMed, has struck a partnership with Discovery Vitality to simplify bookings for flu vaccines and Vitality Health Checks.

RecoMed is a technology-driven online healthcare marketplace and booking platform that seamlessly connects practitioners, patients, and other stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem.

According to its profile, patients can easily book appointments with a diverse selection of healthcare practitioners in their area quickly and privately from a phone, tablet, or PC, 24/7.

Vitality, on the other hand, is the largest global platform for behaviour change, underpinning the insurance products of leading insurers worldwide, impacting 30 million lives in over 40 markets.

Sheraan Amod, CEO at RecoMed who issued a statement on the partnership, said the collaboration between Discovery Vitality and RecoMed has reimagined bookings and efficiencies for independent members and corporates.

“This collaboration showcases Discovery Vitality’s commitment to supporting and empowering their members,” Amod said.

“Members can easily manage their family’s health within a simple system that allows them to stay ahead of their Vitality Health Checks, and the benefits this delivers, as well as to protect themselves ahead of flu season.

“As South Africa has entered the flu season, it’s important that we make it as easy as possible for our members to find an approved Discovery Vitality partner at a convenient location for their flu vaccine and Vitality Health Check.

“Moving the booking journey onto this accessible, digital platform has allowed our members to simply click and book vaccines and Vitality Health Checks without waiting in a queue or spending time navigating long lists.

“The collaboration has allowed for Discovery Vitality to radically modernise and speed up access to healthcare providers for these essential services while transforming member experiences,” he added.

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