Tanzania: Desire Ruhinda allows patients to consult a doctor remotely

By : Melchior Koba

Date : mardi, 21 février 2023 13:00

A doctor by training, he wanted to address the poor access to healthcare services in his country. So, along with his friends, he launched an app that allows remote consultations.

Desire Ruhinda (photo) is a Tanzanian medical doctor who graduated from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University with a Ph.D. in 2019. In 2021, he also graduated from the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business with a Master of Philosophy in Inclusive Innovation. A year earlier, he co-founded the healthtech startup Medikea, with his friends Elvis Silayo, and John Manko.

In 2016 he joined the International Federation of Medical Students Association as the national exchange officer. In 2019, he became a medical trainee at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences.

Currently, he is the logistics manager of the non-government organization International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). 

He is also the CEO of the healthtech startup Medikea. Through the startup, he offers online consultations with doctors and supplements them with lab tests and home drug delivery, so patients can get timely care, avoid long queues and save money.

The doctors registered on the platform can manage common and chronic illnesses, mental health, and lifestyle issues. The solution is suited for anyone seeking high-quality, affordable, and convenient treatment for non-emergency medical problems, medical advice, a prescription, a letter of recommendation, a medical certificate, or a second opinion on a pre-existing condition.

Recently, in February, it was selected by Kenyan venture capital company The Baobab Network as one of the five startups that will participate in the 2023 Baobab Network's acceleration program. The selection entitles it to $50,000 support.

Melchior Koba


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