Nigerian Healthtech startup Field Intelligence expands operations in Kenya

KENYA – Field Intelligence, a healthtech company focused on digitizing public health supply chain to help pharmacies sell better, has set up in Kenya’s towns; Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu and Naivasha, as it strives to expand operations. The expansion will build on Field Intelligence’s more than 700 existing pharmacies, which have served over 1.4 million patients so far. The company has also expanded its operations into Nigeria’s Rivers, Edo, Kaduna, Kano, Enugu, Delta and Kwara States. Statistics provided by Field Intelligence suggest that Nigeria has more than 4,500 registered pharmacies and…

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Health tech startup 54gene launches Trust for investing 5% of future proceeds

AFRICA – 54gene, a health tech startup, is creating a Trust which it will use to invest up to 5% of future proceeds from the company’s commercial drug discovery program. The creation of the trust is part of its Commitment to Africa in establishing a more sustainable and thriving cyclical ecosystem across Africa’s scientific development space, as well as ensuring better quality healthcare delivery for the communities in which the company operates. 54gene is focused on creating a pipeline of novel drugs for global populations, based on insights drawn from…

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Health-tech startup Estshara raises US$500,000 funding to expand operations

EGYPT – Cairo-based healthtech platform, Estshara, has raised US$500,000 in a Seed funding round aimed at helping the startup to expand operations. Estshara plans to use its new funding to grow its current user base to six million by the end of the 2021, by providing extra offerings and customer care activities. “The investment will help us scale our organization with exceptional talent and enhanced resources, as well as further increase our marketing and sales outreach to support our focused go-to-market strategy and achieve our expansion goals,” Founder and CEO…

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Vezeeta launches new SaaS solution to improve healthcare experiences

EGYPT – Vezeeta, the Middle East and Africa’s leading digital healthcare platform, is rolling out its B2B SaaS solution which enables healthcare entities, both small and large, to enhance their patients’ healthcare experiences through a digital-first approach. Launched in 2015 in Cairo, Vezeeta allows millions of patients across multiple countries in the Middle East and Africa to search, book and review the best doctors and medical services in just one minute. It also provides innovative SaaS solutions to thousands of healthcare providers listed on its platform. The company, which last…

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Egyptian e-health startup raises US$7.5m Series B funding to expand operations

EGYPT – Yodawy, Egypt’s leading online health and wellbeing platform, has successfully raised US$7.5 million in a Series B funding to help it expand its product offering and enter new markets. Founded in 2018, Yodawy has introduced a benefits management platform for pharmacies that enables the entire healthcare ecosystem, insurance companies, pharmacies, and pharmaceuticals, to serve a wider customer base, faster.  The platform allows its over 2000 subscribers to have their medicine and products delivered, insurance companies to automate approvals, and pharmacies to boost their sales through e-commerce offerings. “Yodawy…

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South African e-health startup raises 7-figure seed capital for AI-based platform

SOUTH AFRICA – iNNOHEALTH, a South African e-health startup, has secured a seven-figure seed investment from an unnamed Hong Kong-based VC for its AI-based healthcare platform. Founded in 2020 by medical doctors Chad Marthinussen and Wade Palmer, and chartered accountant Abdul Malick Salie, iNNOHEALTH’s focus is on providing solutions for quality, affordable and equitable healthcare to everyone on the African continent. The AI-enabled healthtech offering is set to position iNNOHEALTH at the forefront of digital healthcare in South Africa, easing the delivery of crucial primary healthcare services and products. Covid-19…

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Ugandan health fintech wins $250K Swiss-Re Foundation Award

UGANDA – Health-focused fintech company, ClinicPesa, has won US$250,000 through the Swiss-Re Foundation competition – People’s Choice Award. The company purposes to use the award grant to finance the lending pool, until it can raise alternative capital with a debt fund. This will allow the company to ensure a smooth launch and enable it to accommodate the needs of the likely fast-growing pool of users. Another portion of the funds will go towards operations. Founded in 2017, ClinicPesa is a financial technology company that increases low- and middle-income Ugandans’ access…

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mPharma inks deal with Absa Ghana to offer Mutti health membership benefits to the bank’s customers

GHANA – mPharma has announced their partnership with Absa bank Ghana to launch Absa Mutti, a platform that will allow Absa’s 40,000 customers to have access to Mutti health membership benefits. This partnership builds up to mPharma’s vision of building an Africa that is in good health through their services. Mutti platform enables subscribers to purchase high-quality medications at lower prices through flexible payment terms, a payment plan that reduces the high upfront cost that patients have to make before they receive their medications at pharmacies. Mutti is an initiative…

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MDaaS Global raises US$2.3 million for digital health solutions and expansion in Nigeria

NIGERIA – MDaaS Global, a healthtech company building and operating a network of modern, tech-enabled diagnostic centers across Nigeria, has raised US$2.3 million to launch ‘SentinelX’, a digital health membership that champions preventive, personalized, and continuous care using proprietary technology. The extension brings MDaaS Global’s total funding to $3.7 million to date, in addition to the launch of SentinelX, this new funding will see the company rapidly scale its physical footprint across Nigeria to become the largest diagnostic chain in the country. Since its founding, MDaaS Global has focused on…

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WHO roots for digital payments to enhance Africa’s war against infectious diseases

KENYA – Greater adoption of mobile payment innovations should be at the heart of preventive and curative interventions aimed at reducing Africa’s burden of infectious diseases, a World Health Organization (WHO) official has said. Ahmed Hamani, finance officer at WHO Regional Office for Africa said that harnessing digital solutions has strengthened response to vector-borne diseases in the continent through rapid and efficient payment for frontline workers involved in immunization campaigns. “The use of mobile payment innovations has ensured the success of public health interventions like the fight against polio or…

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