Week 04: E-health startups bridging health gaps through mobile

Health demands in Africa are growing rapidly due to the continent’s rapidly expanding population, of which according to United Nations Population Division is expected to double to 2 billion by 2050. A new generation of African entrepreneurs recognise the need to develop novel technological solutions although faced with a lack of support for early-stage entrepreneurs.

Kenyan startups specialising in e-health are struggling to attract financing despite significant investment in the sector compared to other countries in the region“ Disrupt Africa’s 2017 report.

Nonetheless, like in most sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya’s public healthcare system is struggling to bring services to international standards, this offering opportunities for more entrepreneurs to be creative and innovative and bridge the existing gaps in the health system.

“Areas such as maternal health and emergency response – which are directly helping individual consumers – are more likely to leverage mobile,” said Gabriella Mulligan, co-founder of Disrupt Africa. 



Enabling easy access to medical professionals: A South African e-health startup ConnectMed expanded to Kenya with the company to roll out physical stations with connected devices across Kenya to enable access anyone wishing to contact a medical professional via video link. Licensed practitioners are available for same-day consultations, and can provide prescriptions, sick-notes, and referrals. For doctors, the service allows them more flexibility and control over their work hours.. Disrupt-africa.com

Enabling organisations and countries improve the health outcomes of the communities they serve: Totohealth is growing fast, and their second stage of development shows that they are able to break away from the traditional start up bubble and transform themselves into a viable, investable business. It enables mothers and fathers to receive targeted and personalized messages timed at their child’s age or stage of pregnancy. they’re moving away from traditional top down mHealth business models – where you expect to sell the service to health facilities, or rely on grant funding to grow – and instead they’re focussing on a B2C model, enabling parents to buy into the service themselves. ventureburn.com

Kenyan incubator Nailab announced the 15 startups that will take part in its Make-IT accelerator programme:, designed to strengthen entrepreneurs’ skills for scaling their businesses, part of the startups is Redhunt which enables medical practitioners and the public to search for and locate blood types they require from different hospitals and Regional blood centers during medical need/emergencies. The Make-IT accelerator is a  9-month programme, which provides the entrepreneurs access to the right knowledge, mentors, business and financing partners and opportunities for successful business growth. vc4a.com:disrupt-africa.com

$10,000 Health Category Prize Award, deadline 31st Jan. 2018: Villgro Kenya in partnership with the Nairobi Innovation Week announced an award of Kshs 1 Million to the top healthcare innovation at NIW 2018. Working at the interface of science and industry, Villgro Kenya invests in innovators/social entrepreneurs in the health and life sciences sector in Kenya and across east Africa. In line with the SDGs, it provides innovators with seed funding and technical assistance to translate their invention/solution into scalable enterprises that deliver sustainable public health impact in Africa and developing countries. ihub.co.ke

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