Zuri Health pockets Ksh.131 million for Africa expansion in fundraiser
Zuri Health, Kenya’s digital healthcare provider managed to pocket Ksh.131 million in a just-concluded fundraiser.
It seeks to expand its reach across Africa for mass-market patients to get affordable, convenient and quality healthcare services.
Launched in January 2021, Zuri Healthcare provides services via SMS, WhatsApp and an App.
“We are driven by the impact our service could have —to be a solution to Africa’s lack of sufficient healthcare. Healthcare infrastructure in most parts of Africa is grossly inadequate, with painfully high doctor-patient ratios,” said Ikechukwu Anoke, CEO and Founder of Zuri.
Zuri Health plans to use this investment to build its digital platform further, grow its product offerings and launch operations in new markets. Additional investments come from V8 Capital, Platform Capital, Villgro Africa, Asime Ventures, and the Salik Family Trust.
There are many Africans who cannot afford healthcare services or who live too far away from healthcare facilities. And with skilled healthcare workers increasingly leaving Africa for greener pastures, the situation is worsening,” added Anoke.
Zuri has, through partnerships with telecoms like MTN, Safaricom and Telkom, been able to aggregate healthcare providers like medical labs, pharmacies, and hospitals.
Zuri Health has so far partnered with over 16 major mobile network operators in seven countries with over 400,000 SMS subscribers, over 300 doctors, 27 lab and diagnostic centres and 15 pharmacies across its markets.