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Meet the Zuri Health Founders

Launched in January 2021, Zuri Health aims to improve access to healthcare in Africa through mobile phone applications and services. It was an idea borne by Ikechukwu (Iyke) Anoke (in the image on the right) and Daisy Isiaho (left). Iyke's motivation to start the healthcare company was very personal. The first scenario was the birth of his first child, Zuri. His wife was in labour and the pregnancy had complications at that time and their doctor was unavailable. Their (private) hospital could not even give them a replacement to deal with the complication, as they claimed they had no access to Iyke's wife's medical history. The second scenario was when Iyke himself wasn't feeling well, and his wife, a medical doctor by profession, encouraged him to stay home while she called for someone to come take medical tests from his home. He had his results given to him over phone in less than 2 days. This sparked a thought: how amazing it would be for patients get access to healthcare from the comfort of their home, get medical prescriptions delivered, get their results without ever having to step into a hospital, and have a medical history on a digital platform that will be easy for any doctor they consult to see as long as the patient approves access to it. Daisy's story was personal too. When Covid hit Kenya, she was forced to work from home. Her mother, a medical doctor, had to leave home everyday to go and consult with patients, give prescriptions and take tests. This was worrying for Daisy who feared her mother would catch Covid-19. She wondered if there was a way to take these consultations, tests and prescriptions onto an online or mobile platform. These two ideas collided and so Zuri Health was born. Here's more about the founders: Ikechukwu Anoke
A serial entrepreneur disrupting the sub-Saharan tech space. He is also the founder and CEO of Play Group Limited, with over 17 years in the Africa continent working as a senior executive with multicultural teams at award-winning fintech Sacco, and BrandLife Marketing Agency. Back in 2011, at the age of 27, he was named the Group CEO of MTech Communications PLC one of Africa’s Leading Mobile VAS Companies where he successfully led the company to become the biggest content aggregator in Africa with over 5000 music titles and market leader status in Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia and Rwanda.
Daisy Isiaho
With a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science, she is a strong commercial leader with a track record in strategic thinking, new business development, commercial execution and people development in the Tech sector having served in various capacities at Mesozi Group and Cloud9xp. She was among the top 40 selected into Future Females Business School Healthtech Programme.
With Zuri Health, users can subscribe as either health providers such as hospitals, doctors and pharmacies, or as patients. The platform has a mobile app on Android and iOS, and also has a USSD platform to enable easier and diverse access to healthcare. It is currently available in 7 countries, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa and Zambia.
As of January 2022, Zuri Health has grown to over 4000+ app downloads,  400,000+ SMS service subscribers, 35000+ SMS engagements with doctors, 15+ Telco partners across Africa, 250+ Doctors, 9 Pharmacies, 22 Labs & Diagnostic centres onboarded, and a community of over 72,000 followers across all social media platforms. What is the Zuri Health advantage? Watch here:
You can access all Zuri Health services on www.zuri.health.

Play Zuri Health Launches Its First mHealth App In Kenya

Play Zuri Health Limited, a branch of Play Communications Limited announced the launch of their first mobile app, Zuri Health; which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, Apple Store as well as the Zuri Health website.  Zuri Health's mission is to provide certified, affordable, and accessible healthcare solutions via mobile with dedicated apps, wap, and SMS services based on availability, location, and specialization of the medical providers.  Users will have access to a myriad of professionals and services from across their home counties. They are able to book appointments instantly with any medical professional or hospital within their geographic regions, book laboratory tests, chat with the practitioners via both message and video as an added feature, and request for home visits by the Licensed and Certified Medical Practitioners.  Under Pharmacy, users can get their prescription and over the counter medication online and have it delivered to their doorstep.  The SMS service functionality of Zuri Health has been designed to reach a wide range of individuals or users who may not have access to WAP or internet-enabled devices.  The app's code was written with the daily challenges patients face in the journey of seeking affordable and accessible healthcare solutions. We solve the problem of expensive and inconvenient hospital trips for small or minor diagnosis and prescriptions, long waiting times and queues during doctors’ visits and appointments scheduling and booking which can be tasking.  Through our mobile app, we also help doctors to tap into a wider market of on-demand patients and earn extra money while saving lives.  NYERI ROAD, KILELESHWA, KIRICHWA RIVER COURT, HSE NO. 1  P.O. BOX 103785-00101  www.zuri.health  +254 713 682930 “Zuri Health App is very personal to me. Millions of people in Africa do not have access to quality medical care. At Zuri Health we have taken time to develop a product that will fill that gap, giving doctors a wider and easier platform to reach patients who need them. With Zuri Health the underserved populace can now access affordable and sustainable healthcare.”Arthur Ikechukwu Anoke- C.E.O and Co-Founder Zuri Health  Daisy Isiaho Project Manager and Co-founder in an interview said, “In my view, there is an urgent need to drive more meaningful conversations in relation to frameworks around Telemedicine because in Africa very few countries have these yet its fundamental if we should achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”  Since the beta launch in November 2020, the company's predicted three-year growth plan is to have more than 20,000 registered doctors listed, 250,000 premium users, and at least 1,000,000 mobile downloads.  About Play Zuri Health  Play Zuri Health Limited is an m-health startup company that was founded on 12th February 2020. The company seeks to offer affordable and accessible healthcare solutions to disenfranchised individuals across Sub- Saharan Africa by tapping into a wealth of databases of specialists, pharmacies, and lab and diagnostics centers. To learn more about Zuri Health and find doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and labs, and diagnostic centers visit: www.zuri.health  Media Contact  daisy@zuri.health 
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