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Is your doctor a quack? With Dodgy Doctors, patients in Kenya can check whether the medical practitioners they see are properly registered with local authorities—using SMS. Users can also confirm whether or not a hospital or health facility is covered by the National Health Insurance and if the health facility is licensed.

Since Dodgy Doctors was developed in 2013 by Code for Africa technologists in partnership with The Star, use of the tool has grown tenfold from an average of 20 SMS requests each day to an average of 215. When stories break about fake doctors or questionable conduct by healthcare professionals, use of the tool soars. For example, after a investigation exposing a fake gynecologist broke, people rushed to the Dodgy Doctors platform to check on other doctors. The number of SMS requests rose from 30 to 720 within two days.

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