Although much of the world has universal healthcare, these programs are not without their challenges, which can range from shortages in healthcare supply, to tiers of healthcare that create disparities, to strict regulations that keep costs high for some. In Kazakhstan, although new reforms are sparking slow but steady growth in healthcare funding and reducing out-of-pocket expenses for patients, financing remains limited.
In this problem, the Enactus National Champions from Astana Medical University in Kazakhstan saw an opportunity to enact a solution to make medicine more affordable and accessible for people across the world.
“Since we are students of a medical university, we decided this problem requires a solution,” says Magau Daniya Melskyzy, HR manager for the Astana Medical University Enactus team. “We want to instill in people that medicine is an integral part of life for everyone.”
Taking its passion for accessible healthcare to the next level, the team of 27 students launched Auxmed, an online platform for providing clinical and practical advice in the form of courses. Auxmed is targeted at parents and focused on childcare and the prevention of various diseases. Content takes the form of video tutorials, webinars and consultations with doctors, and participants can complete an exam at the end of a course to earn a certificate.
The Astana Medical University Enactus team was inspired to leverage the increase in online activity, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, for the distribution of medical knowledge. “Everything is online now, and medicine largely is too,” Melskyzy says. “Our project can be a great solution.”
With accessibility as a key goal for the project, Melskyzy says it was important that Auxmed be able to work both online and offline and be easy to understand. “The uniqueness of our courses is that the material is absolutely without medical terms and accessible to everyone for understanding,” she says.
To develop the program content, the team members worked with a group of doctors, who helped define topics for the courses, record video lessons and conduct consultations and webinars. They also partnered with the organizations Best for Kids and Solnechny Mir, which assist children raised in orphanages and children and teenagers with Down syndrome, respectively.
“We hope to scale the project by expanding the target audience, creating content for other medical industries and translating the courses into English.”
—Magau Daniya Melskyzy, HR manager, Enactus Astana Medical University
Auxmed has already distributed 87 courses (52 for childcare, seven for diabetes and 28 general courses) and held two webinars. Using money from the sale of these courses, the team created a dedicated website for the project.
The Astana Medical University team remains committed to broadening Auxmed’s reach and impact as it minimizes barriers to accessible and affordable medical education. “We hope to scale the project by expanding the target audience, creating content for other medical industries and translating the courses into English,” says Melskyzy.
Astana Medical University will represent Kazakhstan at the Enactus World Cup starting 14 October 2021, where the team will present their project alongside 32 other Enactus National Champions. There, they will demonstrate their innovation in business and its impact on the world as they vie for their chance to become the Enactus World Champion.
Learn more and register to attend Enactus World Cup at enactus.org/worldcup.