Track: Global Digital Identity

Solving a 33-billion euro medicin fraud

Medicine fraud is a huge problem all around the world. In Africa alone, 33-billion euros a year is fraudulently put into circulation. This impacts health and costs lives.

The Winning Solution - Unchain

 A great number of parties are involved in the distribution of essential medicine in Africa. These parties are currently using IT-systems to manage inventory, shipping and disbursement within their own scope. However this is not always registered or is done merely on paper. It lacks an end-to-end overview of the status and activities of the distribution of medicine throughout the whole supply chain. Therefore, it becomes difficult to determine the authenticity of medication at the end of the supply chain. Next to that, there is no over-arching view of stockpiles of different medicines across the distribution points. This makes it very difficult to redistribute excess medicine to points where there is a shortage of that specific medicine. This creates a risk of certain medication to pass their expiration date and for patients’ treatments to get interrupted. This especially forms a problem for newer generations HIV-medication that are more effective but have a shorter expiration date, and interrupting a treatment causes the patient to build up resistance for it – effectively being a death warrant.

Unchain built a blockchain solution to register and monitor the distribution of medicine. They created a system that authenticates medicine on the blockchain, to ensure a trusted supply-chain of medicine. In 48 hours, the team built a prototype using affordable hardware that is available in the countries where authenticating those who need medicine, is a huge problem.

The team uses Hyperledger Fabric to register the medicine. For the registration process, they use RFID tags and Raspberry PIs for scanning complete pallets, storage boxes and – in the end – the individual medicine boxes. “When you can track every box, and check every distribution point, we can exactly see where every medicine is.” Eventually they also want to use tamper proof packaging, and will be brought into contact with companies producing these innovative products, by Blockchaingers.

"Your project has a lot of societal impact and - at the same time - can be executed quite rapidly. I would be happy to help in the near future in the roll-out of this project, for the benefit of all people."

Dutch State Secretary of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Raymond Knops

The Blockchaingers Hackathon Impact Canvas

All 15 relevant topics for building and growing the solution of a team are present in this canvas. Beginning at the top left, with problem and MVP, to impact on society in the middle and legal and technical challenges on the right. The bottom is reserved for acceleration of the solution.

The solution in three slides



The teams have been challenged to explain their solution in three slides. During the awards show, the winners presented these solutions on stage to the blockchain ecosystem.

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Interconnecting national e-IDs to form a single standardized digital ID that represents you in the digital space and give the user control of the data sharing and landscape.

The Blockchaingers Hackathon Impact Canvas