If there is one thing the recent pandemic has exposed, it’s that Nigeria’s health care sector remains in dire requirement of an intervention. The healthcare sector’s obstacles and chances are well recorded. It has actually been mainly ignored by the government, regardless of its significance to economic growth and wealth production.
The current coronavirus pandemic has actually brought this matter to the fore, with government rushing to cut an intensifying situation.
Conversely, there have actually been several private-sector innovators, albeit on a small scale, doing their bit to solve the myriad of obstacles facing the industry. These are young and energetic disruptive innovators leveraging on innovation to improve health care shipment in the country.
On this week’s Founders Profile, we profile some of these young innovators and business owners who are interfering with the health care sector in Nigeria.
Michael Osahon- Founder, Meditell
If you are the kind of person who forgets to take medications when due, then Meditell is for you.
Meditell is a robust, user-friendly platform which schedules tips for patients and their caregivers, to make sure adherence to medication schedules. By utilizing mobile phones. ‘Meditext’ and ‘Medicall’ set suggestions for drug administration.
Straight out of NYSC, where he worked as a secondary school teacher in Ijebu-Ode, Michael Osahon established Meditell. He is a computer technology graduate from Covenant University. Meditell, Osahon has actually used his product advancement skills to develop company applications for Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers and GTBank.
Among other things, he is a Senior Software Engineer with Ernst and Young.
Vivian Nwakah- Founder/CEO, Medsaf
Many individuals have died from consuming fake or low quality drugs. However how do medical institutions analyze the ideal sources for quality medications at fair prices?
Medsaf intends to give medical facilities, clinics, and pharmacies access to premium medication from makers at budget-friendly expenses, thus lowering incidences of problems emerging from fake or subpar drugs administered to patients. It is expected to function as a one-stop-shop for safe medications in Africa, assisting health centers to purchase authentic drugs with ease.
At that point, Vivian chose that a service was needed. There had to be a method to ensure that health centers managed their supplied inventories and purchased products from trusted international sources and production companies.
CEO and founder of Medsaf, Vivian Nwakah, was born and raised in the United States of America, though she schooled in other countries consisting of Paris and China. She as soon as recounted how she conceived the concept of Medsaf after losing her good friend to fake medications during a 3-month internship in Nigeria.
” It was a minute of fantastic unhappiness but I was likewise filled with pity.
Unusually, from her research study, she got to comprehend that global makers hesitated of sending their items to Nigeria since they did not desire their brands compromised by fakes. This unwillingness on their part offered fake manufacturers a lot of room to operate.
Vivian stayed back after her internship, determined to solve this issue. She stopped her job in 2016 and pooled her savings. In January 2017, Medsaf was introduced.
Medsaf stands as an intermediary, validating manufacturers and manufacturers before listing their medications, and also validating health facilities before enabling them to make any purchase. This makes sure security from both ends, leaving completion customer better for it.
Olaniyi Ralph- Founder GenRx
Olaniyi Ralph was still a 400 level pharmacy trainee at the Obafemi Awolowo University in 2014 when he had an epiphany. Having found out the terrible results of wrong drug combinations, interactions, and usage of ended drugs, he designed an app, GenRx, which had the ability to identify and alert pharmacy owners about drugs nearing their expiration dates, drugs about to be offered in overdose, and incorrect drug mixes.
He went on to co-found AGC Nigeria which became the platform to release GenRx– a POS application created to help drug stores and health centers handle their drug stocks and accounts.
This all-in-one software thus enhances efficiency in sales processing and security in dispensing medications. It also immediately computes customers’ payments and balances, keeps everyday records of products offered, sales representatives on responsibility, and handles item reorders, guaranteeing that they do not run out of stock.
Over time, it has actually been enhanced to handle wages and expenditures, and generate profit and loss statements of accounts.
Temie Giwa-Tubosun, Founder of Lifebank
Temie Giwa-Tubosun, Founder of Lifebank
LifeBank was begun in May 2012 as One Percent Job or One Percent Blood Contribution Enlightenment Structure. The target was to end blood scarcity in Nigeria by informing people on the significance to overcome their worries, prejudices, and myths, and donate blood for anyone in need.
In 2016, it ended up being Lifebank, an organisation set up to enhance access to blood transfusions in Nigeria A personal experience throughout her very first child-birth drove her to develop this dream, so that people would no longer have to suffer problems from delayed blood contributions.
Since then, Lifebank has actually assisted provide hundreds of countless pints of blood to clients in Nigeria, and has now reached other medical items like oxygen, vaccines, and blood products.
Tubosun is a graduate fellow from the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and also a fellow with the Global Health Corps.
She had actually carried out millennium town jobs in backwoods in Africa, under the United Nations Development Programme and Centuries Pledge, and likewise worked briefly with Fairview Health Services in Minnesota, after finishing from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Adeloye Olanrewaju- Creator of Safermom & Babymigo
Adeloye has a Bachelor’s degree in Human physiology from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology. He was observing the 1 year compulsory national service in 2015 at the Ekiti State Primary Health Care Board when he saw a problem he had actually very first seen during his internship.
” I recognized mothers and infants weren’t getting the psychological, social, and mental support they required. Nigeria presently contributes 13-15%of worldwide maternal and child deaths annual. Out of the 7.2 million birth rates tape-recorded yearly (Unicef 2014 Estimate), we lose 260,000 babies yearly. Sadly, most cases are preventable when there’s increased access to fundamental health services,” he later on explained.
Safermom was developed as a mobile service for pregnant and nursing moms of 0-3-year old babies, to gain access to health details and make educated health decisions.
This development made Adeloye an award from Her Majesty, the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace for his works in improving mom and child health in Sub-Sahara Africa. He’s likewise a St Gallen Leader of Tomorrow, TEEP fellow, International Action Youth Net fellow, and Leap Africa Social Innovator fellow, to name a few.
In 2015, SaferMom was listed amongst the leading 6 startups in Africa, scooping $50,000 USD in the Impact category of Facebook’s Internet.org competitors.
2 years after, Adeloye launched Babymigo, a community for the brand-new generation of young moms and dads to discover relied on details in regional African contexts, get their concerns addressed, and connect with neighboring mamas and experts.
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Adereti Francis- Founder Redbank
In a nation where numerous lives have actually been lost due to the non-availability of blood, the importance of Redbank can barely be overemphasized.
Adereti Francis (Service Lead and designer) established Redbank, a startup that links health centers and patients to the closest blood banks, in2014 He had support from co-founders, Adeyanju Toluwanimi (Operations Lead), and Ojediran Tunde (Technical Lead). The objective, they said, was to save more lives by helping Nigerians discover blood fast and securely.
Francis Adereti got his very first degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University and later on obtained an MBA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His work experience cuts across Huawei Technologies, iQube laboratories, and Microsoft, among others.
This varied experience tailored him towards product innovation, item management, organisation operations, and strategy, all of which can be found in convenient when Redbank was established.
Redbank has a network of blood banks and health centers on its radar, helping clients and their families to discover the required blood type s closest to their locations, within a short time. Compared to the conventional way of calling a number of blood banks to find a match, this is an excellent leap, which has actually conserved the lives of people in emergency situations such as mishaps, surgical treatments, and giving birth.
To guarantee that all levels of Nigerians are dealt with, they have phone lines and SMS services so that people who do not have access to the internet can still reach them.
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Redbank likewise harmonised the databases of healthcare facilities and health clinics, especially those whose records are still in the ‘paper period.’
The target is to build a donor database so that proper records can avoid people from contributing when they are not qualified to make donations, and save their lives with these ‘electronic pointers.’ It also has outreaches on numerous media to hire more donors and make sure an appropriate supply of all blood groups.
Charles Onu- Founder, Ubenwa
If you were informed that a baby’s cries could interact as plainly as words, your very first response may have been, “Difficult!” Not any longer.
Ubenwa, literally equated, implies infant’s cry in Igbo language. It is an application that records a child’s cry, equates it and makes a prognosis on what the issue might be. The outcome could be as basic as cravings, sleep, discomfort, or an early symptom of a life-long special needs such as spastic paralysis, deafness, and paralysis. Even birth asphyxia, which is the third-highest cause of baby death, can be detected early enough to prevent any damage to the child’s brain or crib death.
Eventually, the goal is to offer optimum look after infants and address early health challenges within the very first 2 years of a kid’s life. How precise can this be?
According to Onu, the Expert system solution app has actually attained over 95%forecast accuracy in trials with almost 1,400 pre-recorded child sobs.
This innovation has actually won a number of awards, including the WHO Top 30 Africa Health Innovators in March 2019.
Charles has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic and Computer System Engineering, and MSc and Ph.D. in Computer Science– Artificial Intelligence from McGill University. He is a fellow of the Jeanne Sauvé Structure
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Ola Orekunrin Brown- Creator, Flying Doctors Nigeria
Ola Orekunrin, is a medical physician and helicopter pilot. She began the Flying Doctors Nigeria (FDN) as a young 21- year-old graduate.
Similar to Nwakah’s Medsafe, FDN was stimulated by personal experience, when Ola lost her more youthful sis due to a hold-up in discovering an air ambulance service in Nigeria. Ola was born and bred out of the coasts of Nigeria, in the United Kindom to be accurate, though she occasionally visited relatives in the country.
FDN is a medical emergency situation service that specialises in making air ambulance services, medico-logistics services, remote website medical options services, medical infrastructural advancement, and medical training services offered in crucial areas of requirement.
Flying Medical professionals is the first ambulance business in West Africa and takes pride in 20 charter aircraft in excellent condition, with services that are more affordable than ground ambulance services.
Ola has, ever since, taken certificate courses in Accounting and Economics at IESE and the University of Michigan respectively, to assist her better handle the FDN. She has also gotten an MSc in Financing and Economic Policy.
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