Friday, May 13 2022

Africa’s healthcare sector continues to struggle with a lack of resources and funding, but creative uses of technology offer new possibilities for improving access to medical treatment. Building on developments spurred by the pandemic, health technologies on the continent are poised for explosive growth.

NAIROBI – Health systems in Africa suffer from serious inefficiencies. Countries across the continent grapple with disruptions in medical equipment and medicines supply chains, last mile health service delivery, analysis and storage of medical data, and funding. But innovations in telemedicine, drones, big data analytics, wearable devices and information management have highlighted the possibility of effective and affordable solutions, promising to improve overall health outcomes.

In recent years, African health technology has recorded impressive growth. More than 40 health technologies start-up on the mainland received Series A funding in 2020 alone. Recently launched companies cover a range of health-related areas, including genetic sequencing, drug supply and health literacy.

The growth opportunities are enormous. But for health tech companies to thrive, entrepreneurs need to study past successes and failures to determine what works and what doesn’t in the African context.

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