Medical Startups Improving Healthcare Facilities in Africa

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By Ray Parker

As we know the healthcare systems across the African countries are ill-equipped and inadequate, which is why patients have to travel abroad for treatment. However, there are different initiatives being taken to ensure that these systems are improved. It is important to improve healthcare facilities for Africans who lack access to basic facilities. Global businesses are providing help in addressing local challenges. Sub-Saharan Africa lacks most of the basic healthcare facilities and have a high rate of health indicators, including frequency of maternal mortality to malnutrition. Africa contains only 2% of the world’s doctors. According to the World Health Organization Uganda and Cameroon have less than 1 physician per 1000 people. 

In the same scenario, Dr Funmi Aderwara launched a healthcare app called Mobihealth. She was one of the 2000 medical workers who left Nigeria for the west. This app connects doctors in the west to the patients in Nigeria via mobile phone app. Patients who can afford a monthly fee are supposed to pay between $10 and $27, that covers blood tests, prescription drugs, etc. However, those who cannot afford or use smartphones are served at clinics that travel to rural areas and connect to Mobihealth’s doctor network. Thus, the need for a reliable healthcare app testing company remains increasing. 

Similarly, Babyl is a healthcare app introduced by Babylon Health, a company that has a contract with the UK’s National Health Service offering patients in London. They also provide AI-enabled digital medical consultation services. Babyl is operational in Rwanda, where the company has made partnership with the government to provide consultancy over the phone with medical physicians in its call centre, based in the capital Kigali. 2.2 million users have registered and it helps carrying out 3000 consultations per day. 

This advent of healthcare apps in the African region is made to improve healthcare facilities and meet epidemics due to famine and other health conditions. The biggest challenge that doctors and medical practitioners face in Africa is regarding the funding for private healthcare sector. Since medical facilities should be available to all, those who can afford or the poor people – most of the patients remain unattended. However, digital transformations across the globe has upgraded medical facilities in this continent, but still there is a lot of room for improvement. 

Besides investing time and money, more physicians and doctors are required to facilitate patients and allow them to get basic facilities for free or at a very low cost. There are major advancements in technology and more healthcare apps are being introduced to support African region and to make the most of the advancements in medical sciences. Thus, businesses need to invest in healthcare software testing for reliable results. It is not possible to achieve quality without focusing on the right testing company. Medical firms not only need to grow in number but ensure that basic healthcare services reach out to all the population adequately without any hassle. 

Author Bio:

Ray Parker is a senior marketing consultant with a knack for writing about the latest news in tech, quality assurance, software development and testing. With a decade of experience working in the tech industry, Ray now dabbles out of his New York office.