It all started with a project in December 2015 by AID:Tech that was founded by Joseph Thompson. The company partnered with Dutch PharmAccess to provide international aid with the use of Blockchain technology.
The idea of creating charity through blockchain was to prevent fraud, which is ironic given by cryptocurrency's reputation. Founder Joseph Thompson explained:
"With this experience, I became a cynic and decided never to donate again. But I always wanted to solve this problem. In 2010, I then saw the potential of Blockchain for traceability, and then the United Nations included this goal as part of the SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals]."
At that time, hundreds of Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Tripoli camps took part in AID:Tech's program.
With the help of the Irish Red Cross, the company gave 500 digital credit cards to the refugees for use in a supermarket, each pre-loaded with $20. Overall, $10,000 was distributed to 100 Syrian refugee families.
"Every pregnant woman is provided with a digital ID, which tells anyone that accesses the platform that they need pregnancy vitamins," explained the company. "It also records the woman's progress on the blockchain, logging every medical record from the first doctor's appointment to the day the baby is born."
The first baby that was born on the blockchain was delivered on the 13th July 2018 for Syrian refugees that were making a place for themselves in Lebanon. This was shortly followed by the second and third babies on 19th July 2018.
Previously, blockchain was also implemented in the Netherlands.
Health insurer VGZ was experimenting with an app using this technology, to reduce the administrative burden in maternity care.
In the experiment, parents can use an app on their smartphones to know exactly how many hours of maternity care they are entitled to. VGZ partnered with three maternity centers, and used a Blockchain Technology from the Zorginstituut.
Two babies were born on February 2018 with their parents used its app.