Afya Care tackles healthcare challenges in Senegal with innovative digital platform and health credits

By : Adoni Conrad Quenum

Date : mercredi, 14 février 2024 13:06

Driven by a mission to improve healthcare accessibility, Senegalese entrepreneur Boubacar Sagna has developed an on-demand platform connecting patients with medical professionals.

Afya Care is an e-health solution developed by a Senegalese startup. Founded in 2014 by Boubacar Sagna, the startup, previously known as Yenni, aims to provide seamless access to healthcare services and medicines through its innovative platform. Users can access healthcare in hospitals and health centers, as well as purchase medicines in pharmacies, by making payments from a digital wallet. The platform, which boasts a mobile app accessible on iOS and Android, allows users to create accounts and access various services, including the ability to pay for consultations, medication, or health insurance.

One of the key features of Afya Care is its digital wallet, which is topped up by mobile money, specifically Orange Money and Wave. Once funds are in the Afya Care account, they can only be used for the services offered by the startup, such as paying for one's care, or that of a third party, or participating in crowdfunding campaigns to help third parties. The startup claims to have a network of over a thousand doctors and pharmacists, ensuring that its users have access to a wide range of healthcare professionals.

In addition to its core services, Afya Care allows users to donate health credits to third parties, with the assurance that the credits will be used for healthcare purposes and that the treatment received must come from a certified network, thus preventing the use of counterfeit medicines. The startup has ambitious plans to expand to other markets in the West African sub-region, with Guinea, Mali, and Côte d'Ivoire being among the potential destinations. Since its launch, the Android version of the mobile application has been downloaded more than a hundred times, according to Play Store data.

Adoni Conrad Quenum


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