French Tech startup eyes Kenya’s health sector
French Tech Company Tech Care For All (TC4A) has launched its operations in East Africa to be headquartered in Nairobi after raising Sh250 million ($2.5 million) capital for its global business.
The company, which is registered in Belgium, has over the last two months entered the Indian and West African markets, choosing Senegal as a hub for the latter.
The firm focuses on improving health outcomes through leveraging on technology
TC4A Founder and Chief Executive Emmanuel Blin says the company was attracted to Kenya by the country’s leadership in harnessing the power of digital tech in other sectors such as financial services and by its dynamic entrepreneurial culture.
“We chose Kenya because of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda that has Unversal Health Coverage as a key priority, so there is a national strategy behind that; there is also a great digital health ecosystem here. We are excited to be creating direct and indirect jobs in the Kenyan market,” Blin told Capital FM Business.
The firm has appointed Benson Chuma to run the East African operations.
“TC4A offers solutions to help patients to access quality care, doctors and other providers to increase their skills, and health leaders to make informed decisions as they tackle challenging issues such as Kenya’s “double burden” of both infectious diseases and now increasingly, non-communicable diseases like hypertension and diabetes,” Chuma said.
TC4A strives to offer comprehensive digital products to address the major pain points and most urgent needs faced by lower-middle income countries like Kenya, such as inequities between urban and rural areas and chronic workforce shortages.
Aspiring to be a key contributor to the achievement of universal healthcare, the company marries technology with transformation of local health ecosystems across both public and private sectors.
Some of the products being brought in Kenya include Medical Learning Marketplace, a worldwide medical platform that connects doctors and nurses to their expert colleagues for in-person, peer-to-peer training and continuing medical education as well as Telediagnosis and telemedicine a key component to boost healthcare access very cost-effectively and deliver affordable care to the hardest-to-reach and poorest populations.
The firm has also partnered with Kenyan firm Savannah Informatics, a key player in eHealth software that will help in scope and execution of its projects in East Africa.