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Five major start-ups revolutionising Africa’s healthtech

By Quentin Velluet
Posted on Sunday, 27 June 2021 09:31

Gregory Rockson, Sedric Degbo, Jean Lobe Lobe, Zineb Drissi Kaitouni, Alain Nteff © A. bailey/Skoll; Linkedin; Waspito; Jean-Pierre Kepseu. Montage JA

From Morocco to Cameroon, via Benin, five African pioneers are revolutionising the continent’s healthtech sector and are already attracting investors’ attention. And after the Ebola experience, the Covid-19 pandemic has increased interest in the sector.

African health start-ups are vying for ideas that will allow people and practitioners to be better informed and exchange information while simplifying the patient’s experience: from making appointments to paying for telemedicine consultations and delivering medicine.

Underinvestment

Although 180 start-ups were active in 2020, according to data from Attali & Associates, only 13% of the sector’s innovations were conceived in Africa. African health start-ups raised $141m last year through 52 deals, according to French investor Partech.