French Tech-firm Enters Kenya’s Healthcare Sector
By Rolex Owino
French Tech Company Tech Care For All (TC4A) has launched its operations in East Africa, which is 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 also recently entered the Indian and West African markets, choosing Senegal as a hub for the latter.
The firm focuses on improving health outcomes through leveraging 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 Universal 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 said.
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 inequalities between urban and rural areas, and chronic workforce shortages.
Aspiring to be a key contributor to the achievement of universal healthcare, the company merges technology with the transformation of local health ecosystems across both public and private sectors.
Some of the products being introduced into the Kenya market 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.
- Telediagnosis and telemedicine – a key component for boosting healthcare access in a notably cost-effective manner, to clients at the bottom of the pyramid.
The firm has also partnered with Kenyan firm. Savannah Informatics, a key player in eHealth software – a partnership that will aid TC4A to scale its business with the East African region, as a whole.
Source: African Strategic-Ventures (ASV) & Capitalfm.