We are excited to announce that Ajim Capital has invested in Clafiya, a health tech startup in Nigeria that is fulfilling the SDG-3 goals of accessible and affordable healthcare for all.
Clafiya connects patients with community health workers, making it easier for people to access primary healthcare services from the comfort of their own homes. This is particularly important for people living in rural or remote areas, where access to healthcare can be limited. Residents of urban areas who experience stress from traffic and increased work demands also benefit from the convenience of easily accessing medical services, saving them time.
The platform also enables the hassle-free delivery of medicine to patients' homes, eliminating the need for exhausting trips to the pharmacy. In addition, the startup provides a comprehensive healthcare service that conveniently collects diagnostic testing samples directly from patients' residences.
Clafiya seamlessly connects users with a diverse network of health and wellness services, including gyms, nutrition clinics, wellness centers, and more. Through strategic partnerships with industry leaders like i-Fitness, Khairo Diet Clinic, Blueroomcare, Pharmarun, and Famasi Africa, Clafiya ensures access to top-quality well-being providers.
The Clafiya platform is easy to use, and patients can access it via the web or mobile application or USSD code. This makes it convenient for people to access healthcare services, no matter where they are located. By providing home-based primary healthcare, Clafiya is helping to improve the life expectancy of people living in Africa, and also reducing healthcare expenditure.
A report by the Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) in 2021 revealed that less than half of the African population is unable to access the healthcare they need. In Sub-Saharan Africa, approximately one-sixth of the population lives more than two hours away from a public hospital, and one in eight people is at least one hour away from the nearest health centre. According to data from the Nigeria Health Facility Registry (NHFR), Nigeria has a total of 39914 operational hospitals and clinics that serve a population of over 200 million people. Clafiya is helping to bridge the gap between those who require healthcare and those who can access it.
On average, Africans spend between 6-8 hours traveling and waiting to see a physician. With Clafiyas' solution, individuals can be matched with a doctor quickly, on a virtual consultation or referral to in-person care.
The WHO recommends a ratio of 1 doctor for every 600 patients, but Nigeria falls short with a ratio of 1 doctor for every 10,000 patients. There are several factors that are responsible for this: poor remuneration resulting in the high exodus of healthcare workers, poor infrastructures to work with which can be demotivating as well, and, tedious working conditions. Clafiya, on its part, has partnered with Health Practitioners and specialists who work directly with them to make healthcare accessible to everyone anywhere in Nigeria. Clafiya is also able to cut down on administrative processes by storing medical records as digital files that are shared easily with consultants.
Clafiya has experienced remarkable revenue growth, with a consistent 15% month-on-month increase. This achievement stems from providing services to over 3,000 individuals and numerous businesses that rely on Clafiya to offer health insurance to their employees. Furthermore, Clafiya also profits from its partnerships with pharmacies, health centres, and wellness providers, contributing to its overall success.
Clafiya has also introduced the Clafiya Wallet, which allows users to deposit a designated amount and pay solely for the healthcare services they require, as and when needed.
Clafiya's value proposition has the potential to greatly improve healthcare access and outcomes for underserved communities in Africa. By providing the necessary resources and connecting individuals with healthcare providers and institutions, Clafiya can help promote positive health behaviours and increase access to medical care for these underserved populations.