Martin Fisher Vending Machine dispensing HIV Testing Kits, designed and manufactured by Aeguana

Aeguana is on a mission to harness the power of automated retail to make a positive difference in the world.

Aeguana partnered with the Martin Fisher Foundation to build an automated system for distributing HIV self-testing kits through Aeguana’s Digital Vend Touch 24 wall-mounted vending machines.

The Martin Fisher Foundation’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the health of people with or at risk of HIV by increasing access to HIV testing. It is a Brighton & Hove charity, set up in September 2015 by colleagues, family and friends of Professor Martin Fisher in memory of his outstanding national and international contribution to the field of HIV research.

Aeguana has developed a smart dispensing solution using both an on-screen survey and a micro-site online survey to enable users to register for a one-time dispense code which can subsequently be used on any of the vending machines available.

In 2020 the vending machine was rolled out with great success in Kenya with further global expansion planned for 2021.

Dr Gillian Dean, trustee of the Martin Fisher Foundation and project lead, said: “Ten per cent of people with HIV are unaware of their infection – this technology gives us the opportunity to reach these individuals and move towards elimination of HIV within the next generation.”

The initial pilot won the highly prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) Innovation Award which attracted 3,500 applicants in 15 categories, each category having six finalists. The BMJ Awards, are the UK’s premier medical awards programme, recognising and celebrating the inspirational work done by doctors and their teams. Their mission is to improve patient outcomes and showcase the best healthcare in the UK.

This vending machine received prime time television news slots on Kenyan TV. This YouTube clip has been seen 2.4million times

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