The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will purportedly partner with blockchain-based telemedicine and telepsychology firm doc.com to expand free basic healthcare services across Eastern Africa, news portal Coin Telegraph reported.The organization sent an email to the news portal with the signature of Amado Philip de Andres, who is the Regional Representative for UNODC’s Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA). de Andres wrote in the email that the organization is “willing to cooperate […] in a new partnership.” Doc.com is a tech firm that offers blockchain-based 24/7 telemedicine and telepsychology platforms, allowing users to tokenize their personal data and sell it in return for access to the services.This is not the first time, the United Nations has experimented with blockchain technology. Earlier, United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) announced a partnership with cryptocurrency exchange Binance that they are building up another initiative which utilizes blockchain innovation to help their support for developing countries. Binance’s Charity Foundation, BCF will contribute $1 million to UNDP. The declaration came amid a side occasion at the 73rd UN General Assembly, co-facilitated by BCF, Finance Center for South-South Cooperation (FCSSC) and the Women Political Leaders Global Forum in New York City.Helen Hai, head of Blockchain Charity Foundation had said, “We firmly believe that blockchain technology will bring transformative solutions to social problems, and help bridge the UN Sustainable Development Goals funding gap in fast and innovative ways. Working with UNDP, our aim is to eradicate poverty and empower and bring prosperity to millions who are marginalized and living in poverty.”Coin Telegraph noted that according to statistics on the company website, over 130,000 users have to date used its telemedicine services and almost 70,000 have used its doc.com, “Emotions,” telepsychology platform.Doc.com also reportedly plans this year to expand its services across a wider range of U.S. states, to launch its tokenized telemedicine service in the United Kingdom by March 2019, and to branch out to the Asian market, starting with India, by the end of 2019.Liked what you read? Join us on Telegram
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