UBRICA

It is an acronym that stands for Ustawi Biomedical Research Innovation and Industrial Centers of Africa. Ustawi too, is an acronym in itself which stands for US to Africa wealth initiative which already depicts Ubrica’s focus in promoting wealth in Africa. Ubrica is a life science and health production organization whose main objective is to promote health in Kenya by eradicating poverty. It has three main pillars which are the Smart contract pillar, Human engagement pillar and the Ubrica projects.

UBRICA’S IMPACT ON HEALTH

This is the smart contract pillar, a computer protocol intended to digitally facilitate and enforce the negotiation or performance of a contract. Ubrica has introduced a digital coin known as the Ubricoin which is a utility token for global health built on blockchain. A utility token is digital asset of cryptocurrency that funds development of the cryptocurrency and ensures future access to services and products by an organization.

Blockchain is a digital transaction platform which allows movement of digital assets like the Ubricoin. Blockchain technology is the new and improved way of transferring funds. It uses a peer-to-peer system (Nakamoto, 2008) which typically means direct transfer of funds from one person to another without a trusted third party for example the bank. Blockchain is more preferred compared to the traditional way of sending money through the bank because it is fast, cheaper and removes possibility of corruption or fraud due to its openness to the public.

The Ubricoin has several uses which include:

  • Ensuring access to the Ubrica ecosystem
  • Supporting development and implementation of Ubrica projects
  • Shop on the online retail store known as Soko Janja
  • Helping gather intelligent data about health, nutrition information and diseases.

UBRICA’S ECONOMIC IMPACT

This is the human engagement pillar. In Kenya, there are very many talented individuals who have ventured into various fields for example farming and pottery, who do not have any market for their products. This means that these people cannot make money to sustain themselves and their loved ones. In times of crisis such as occurs when a disease like cholera or typhoid strikes, these hard workers do not have enough money to pay for adequate healthcare. When they visit health centers, clinics or hospitals, the caregivers—doctors and nurses—are forced to provide low standard health services to reduce the cost of service.

Ubrica understand that economic development is the greatest cause of improvement of health. With this in mind, Ubrica came up with an online retail store called Soko Janja. In this platform, any Kenyan can advertise and expand market for their products, for free. With adequate market, Kenyans can now make enough money to improve their living standard and enable them to pay for quality healthcare.

UBRICA IMPACTS TO THE COMMUNITY

Ubrica aims at improving the lives of all Kenyans as a whole. For the productive and highly talented youth, Ubrica aims at building University Science and Technology parks also knows as research parks. These will be built in close proximity with the 66 universities in Kenya. Their purpose will be to facilitate sharing of knowledge through qualitative and quantitative research, creation and development of new ideas and the selling of the products that the youth will come up with.

The other project is known as the Ubrica Retail Clinical Centers (URCCs) which will contain a retail store, workshop and clinical centers. The retail center is where a manufacturer for example, a farmer takes his produce and can sell or supply to the general public. The same manufacturer can take his products to the workshop for repackaging and repurposing of his products.

Through selling of the products, the manufacture now has enough money to access the clinical centers which are based within the same area as the workshops and retail centers. This will greatly improve the quality of care given and make a huge impact on people’s health.

THE REWARD SYSTEM

  • Incentives (rewards) will be issued in form of brevises (points) to those who shop at Soko Janja which can be translated to Ubricoins.
  • A system will be introduced whereby Ubricoin holders will be able to rate the quality of service provided.

-University students will be able to rate their professors based on how they teach, their class attendance and student engagement. In the same way, professors will be able to rate their students based on their class attendance, performance and class participation.

-Similarly, primary school and high school teachers will be rewarded according to their performance and they’ll also rate their students leading to the best performance, hard work and commendable attendance being rewarded.

-Doctors too will be able to rate their patients depending on how regular they go for checkups. Patients can also rate the doctors according to the service provided.

  • Those working in the university science and technology parks will be rewarded based on their performance. Those with comprehensive research work will receive incentives in form of Ubricoins.
  • Tokens will be offered to people who hold the coin in their wallet.

Ubrica is interested in improving the quality of health given in Kenya by bettering the country’s economy.

 

Author,

Barbara Kimani.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UBRICOIN

If you believe in a future where everybody has access to best health products and services, join us at the Youth Mentorship program at Africa International University on 23rd and 24th November 2018.
Come to learn more about Ubricoin and buy your Ubricoin.
For more information visit us on: https://ubricoin.ubrica.com/
On how to buy Ubricoin click on the link: https://ubricoin.ubrica.com/buy-ubricoin/

BOOK LAUNCH: UNDERSTANDING BLOCKCHAIN by BENJAMIN ARUNDA

#Easy to read simplified version for everyone

UNDERSTANDING THE BLOCKCHAIN

An Indepth Overview of Blockchain and its Use Cases in Government, Banking, Insurance, Healthcare, Law, Film, Manufacturing, Education and other industries

by BENJAMIN ARUNDA

STRATHMORE UNIVERSITY

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Meet Benjamin Arunda and the Ubrica team at indigenous book launch: Understanding the Blockchain.

What are the opportunities in blockchain you can use to solve a problem in your career or business?

Mr. Arunda has given you a list of these opportunities in his book on Understanding the Blockchain. Let’s meet in Strathmore University, November 28, 2018 and do an exposition of his book in details. We will learn more on how we can benefit from this technology and how we can apply it in different sectors in our country to help improve our economy.

This is a must read book that explains blockchain and its application in different industries in very simple terms. Mr. Arunda has discussed in detail, 13 use cases and opportunity for blockchain application. The book sheds light about blockchain in the corporate world.

There will be a panel discussion drawing from different industry experts as per the use cases in his book.

Ubricoin as a working use case in decentralizing global health will be represented during the launch. Dr. Macharia Waruingi will explain Ubricoin as a utility token and its job to solve the health problems in Kenya, Africa and the world.

Don’t miss this magnificent event as we step to the future by blockchain exposition. We don’t have the luxury to miss on this exciting technology!!

Africa International University Youth Mentorship November 23- 24, 2018

Africa International University (AIU) hosts its Annual Youth Mentorship November 23-24, 2018, at its Karen Campus on Dagoretti Road.

Ubrica blockchain team will be there. Visit Ubrica booth. Learn more about Ubrica Project, computer science and blockchain technology for decentralizing global health.

You will learn how to work with digital assets such as Ubricoin. You will gain knowledge about working with digital wallets, how to create cryptocurrency wallets, how to get Ubricoin and other cryptos, and how to trade cryptos in the open market.

 

Why Blockchain

Blockchain facilitate the inclusion of fringe stakeholders to position of salience at the core of decision making.

We will use blockchain to facilitate meaningful interactions among peers working together in Ubrica ecosystem.

Blockchain aims at changing the external environment by including the distant voices from the fringe stakeholders who are most of times neglected in our societies. This will help us understand the concerns of distant and diverse stakeholders. Including the fringe stakeholders allows Ubrica to understand the complex and evolving issues that may potentially affect the basis of its future and addressing them.

Why should one get ubricoin

To start, Ubricoin will facilitate point of sale payment system for Ubrica’s e-commerce platform (sokojanja.com). Ubricoin will reduce friction of currency in the trade and facilitate real time transfer of cash. Ubricoin will also act as the escrow to protect its members from fraud by eliminating middlemen who usually do not provide value for money.

Ubricoin will help you access medical services, you can buy items using ubricoin from our retail store called SokoJanja and once you have ubricoin in your wallet you can trade, where you can buy and sell ubricoin.

How to buy ubricoin

You will need to have a wallet which can be Metamask, Trust etc. You can create a wallet following the steps outlined below.After creating your wallet buy ether from localethereum.com or any other exchange.

Once you have ether on your wallet, send to the Ubricoin smart contract  address shown below;

0xCBeAbD17C4545e6Ae5a3B40D49c8c1B896688d85

How to use Metamask wallet

Part 1: Installing metamask.

  • Step 1:  Type Metamask on your browser.
  • Step 2: Click “Add to chrome”.
  • Step 3: Click”Add Extension” to confirm and Metamask will be added.

Part 2: Creating a new wallet.

  • Step 1: Click the Metamask logo.
  • Step 2: Read and agree to the Metamask terms and conditions.
  • Step 3: Click “create a new vault”.
  • Step 4: Enter a string password and click “OK”
  • Step 5: Metamask will now show you  your seed.It is very important that you copy and store those in words without them you cannot restore your wallet.

The basic process used in a UBRICOIN on Artificial Intelligence transaction and data entry is given below

• Data is generated where even the patient’s wearable device could generate data, a doctor could write a note to the blockchain, or a pharmacist could dispense medicine.
• The data is encrypted and given an identity that is stored on the patient’s blockchain; this data is sent to cloud storage.
• When Data is requested, the ID on the blockchain is used to retrieve the encrypted data.
• Finally the data is decrypted, then displayed on the relevant device or application.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

COMPONENTS OF THE UBRICA RETAIL CLINICAL CENTRE (URCC)

By Jane M. Jeremiah

The basic components of a URCC include a one-health clinic/health facility, a retail store surrounded by a series of produce/product processing workshops.

The workshops in the URCC model will process fresh produce (food co-op), milk (dairy co-op), edible animal products (meat co-op), garments (leather co-op), furniture (wood co-op), and metal fabrication (metal co-op). It will also feature a veterinary clinic, a water plant, a healing garden, and a flower garden.

 

Photo 1: Local members of the Co-operative Society deliver produce to the workshops for improvement and packaging. Complete products are shipped to the retail market for sale. A fraction of the sales proceeds is allocated to the health fund.

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References

Dr. Waruingi M, Kariuki Grace, Akwabi Leyla (April 1, 2017) Ubrica Retail Clinical Centre (URCC). Retrieved from ‘Implementing the 4th element for Global health production.’

Blockchain for Financing Universal Health Coverage

Direct Transactions:

Blockchain based Cryptocurrencies use;

  • Secure
  • Trusted
  • Direct financing
  • Bypassing slow and costly traditional third party financial intermediaries.
Figure 1: Showing Blockchain for Universal Health Coverage Financing

Suitable tool for Universal Health Coverage.

A strong Public Financial Management (PFM) system can ensure higher and more predictable budget allocations, reduced fragmentation in revenue streams and funding flows, timely budget execution, and better financial accountability and transparency. But the health sector faces some specific challenges that require more flexibility than PFM systems sometimes offer, including the ability to direct funds to where interventions and services are needed and ensure equity while creating incentives for efficiency and quality. PFM systems do not always align with these health financing objectives. Even when PFM reforms support health financing objectives, misalignment’s can still occur due to operational issues or challenges in implementing PFM improvement thus making it not the sustainable tool for financing universal health coverage.

Blockchain, the technology underlying Bitcoin, Ethereum and UBRICOIN and countless other cryptocurrencies, has built a top  network that makes trusted, secure, immutable and interoperable records of every transaction. Moreover, it makes this record available in every corner of the globe. This technology is already being adopted by a variety of industries, including banking, minerals and mining, and food procurement. While others have written about the power of blockchain to revolutionise health information technology and payment models, in this paper, we outline the capacity for blockchain technology to revolutionise global health by enabling universal access to financing, new multilateral financing mechanisms and smart contracts, data markets, and new standards for payments and reimbursement, thus empowering countries, institutions and consumers.

Author,

Abed Nthiani

VISION ‘UBRICA ONE’ PROJECT

by Jane M. Jeremiah

UBRICA ONE will significantly foster economic well-being, creating jobs and business opportunities on the local, national, and international level, while also helping Kenya to form and retain some of its best medical and scientific talents, besides attracting some of the world’s top scientists to the region.

 RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT

Residential area comprising of 1,500-acre will emphasize on density gradient development ranging from very low density to very high-density housing.

Photo 1: Low Density housing

UBRICA ONE will feature a light rail to transport people to the medical and industrial district. The Metro Center will be a mixed-use development in the residential district with a high-density development with retail and residential space near the rail line and luxury hotels.

Photo 2:High Density housing
Photo 3: An example of an Artistic rendition of a mixed-use development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

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References

Dr. Waruingi M, (July 17, 2014) Ubrica One. Retrieved from Ubrica.motherdoc