SENEGAL – Kenyan health tech startup Zuri Health has partnered with Expresso Senegal to launch its operations in Senegal.
Expresso Senegal, a subsidiary of the Expresso Telecom group is a telecommunications operator in Senegal that offers services adapted to internet, calls and SMS with the 4G technology and business and roaming solutions.
According to a statement from Zuri Health, the partnership is aimed at revolutionizing e-health in Senegal and Africa at large.
“It is with great satisfaction that Expresso Senegal and Zuri Health are launching together the health app under the name Zuri Health. This is a major innovation in the Senegalese healthcare ecosystem, allowing our company to once again contribute to the solution of the challenges the population faces in accessing a first-resort physician for guidance and referrals,” said Radi Almamoun, Acting CEO at Expresso Senegal.
Zuri Health says this partnership will give them the ability to provide value across the entire chain by merging technology and healthcare.
An Expresso subscriber in Senegal simply sends a keyword to 28008 to subscribe to the service and begins to chat and consult with a doctor via SMS. The patients will get real-time and reliable response from certified doctors, affordable healthcare and secure and protected private health information.
Majority of users in Senegal who may not have access to internet enabled devices or smartphones will now have the opportunity to receive first-level medical consultation from qualified medical professionals through the SMS platform.
“We are very excited to be working with Expresso Senegal as our Telco partner in Senegal. At Zuri Health, we have taken into cognizance Africa’s unique challenges and offered medical consultation via SMS service to take care of the over 65% of the population without access to smartphones or the internet. Patients are now able to consult with a doctor from as low as 30 CFA franc. Our commitment to offering quality, affordable and accessible healthcare is the key reason we have partnered with Expresso Senegal,” noted Ikechukwu Arthur Anoke, Founder
Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Zuri Health offers affordable and accessible healthcare solutions to disenfranchised individuals across Sub- Saharan Africa through a mobile app, website and SMS. The company does this by tapping into a wealth of databases of medical specialists, pharmacies, laboratories and diagnostic centers.