Africa, home to 1.3 billion people spread across 54 countries and speaking over 2000 languages, is estimated to record 28million deaths caused by chronic disease conditions (CDCs) and the world’s largest increase in non-communicable diseases by 2030. CDCs are rising rapidly and projected to exceed communicable, maternal, perinatal and nutritional diseases to become the leading cause of death. Urbanisation, unhealthy diet, little physical activity, alcohol consumption and smoking are major causes. This will impose a significant burden on the continent, whose population will double within the next generation and which still grapples with diseases such malaria, TB, HIV and AIDS.
Early diagnosis, treatment and management of chronic conditions can save lives. The problem is there is no easy way to contact specialist doctors, book appointments or find information. Currently, availability, pricing and geodistribution of specialist services and procedures in Africa is not sufficiently known due to limited, fragmented and often unreliable data.
In response to this, Industry Frontiers, a Swedish health tech startup is building Manje, a digital platform aimed at simplifying healthcare in Africa by connecting chronic disease patients to specialist for a second opinion and to specialist hospitals. Manje means NOW and the platform will enable patients in Africa to instantly find and book appointments with specialist doctors across the continent.
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Co-founder and CEO
Board member SWEACC
Co-founder and CTO
Dr. Mwenya Mubanga