Our Bold Vision
Manje Health is a digital platform that is providing access to quality specialist healthcare on the African continent. Our big vision is Simplifying Healthcare for 1.3bn people. We do this by democratising medical and wellness information, helping people find the best care options in just minutes, saving them time and money. With an initial focus on chronic disease conditions, we understand that early detection, treatment and management can save lives! This is why Manje Health was born.
The Manje Story
Manje is a widely used Bantu word that means NOW and we are on a journey of a lifetime to empower African families home and abroad to live healthier and wealthier lives.
In 2010, my mother was diagnosed with a tumor growing close to one of her kidneys. This was at a government hospital in Zambia. Doctors arranged surgery, but we wanted a second opinion.
When I started searching for private hospitals in Lusaka the capital where I am from, I found that the common alternative was physically going to several hospitals to get information, find out the cost or to book an appointment with a specialist. This was complicated and expensive in terms of information, time and money.
Friends suggested we try South Africa, a well known medical destination in Africa, but we were not sure we could afford to fly to another country, with no assurance that the hospitals were better than the ones home.
When I did further research, I realised that this, was, unfortunately not unique to me or my family. Millions of people in Africa are faced with this challenge everyday. When I moved to Sweden two years later, I was even farther away from these services, even though am a medical sponsor for my mother. And even here in Europe, am not alone, e.g., there’s 8.7M Africans in Europe that have this problem. I wanted to change that.
No easy way to find healthcare information, contact hospitals or book appointments with doctors.
Lack of information and support when navigating unknown healthcare systems abroad.
Lack of culturally competent advice and management for people at risk or affected by chronic disease conditions.
Existing gap in finding culturally competent mental health and wellness care.