Kenya’s Maisha Meds is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to build a platform to connect the first and last mile to redefine medication supply chains.
Founded by Jessica Vernon, the Maisha Meds team will use the funds to build an automated reordering tool that integrates price lists from a range of high quality suppliers in Kenya, determines best medication price via our partner suppliers and the optimal quantity of medications to purchase based on prior sales data, and places orders directly with suppliers.
This medication marketplace helps clinics and drug shops using the Maisha Meds point of sale system order medications with ease from market leading suppliers of high-quality medicines. The network of 100+ clients can better guarantee drug quality while accessing smart forecasting tools to accurately predict shop demand.
According to the team, clinics and drug shops will have access to financing to purchase medications on credit through our credit scoring algorithm that leverages existing sales data.
Though Kenya already has such platforms in the market such as MyDawa and Livia App, Maisha Meds is expected to streamline and strengthen supply chains and remove inefficiencies in a market with high fragmentation and minimal transparency to cut the significant markups, and drugs are frequently out of stock and of poor-quality.
Maisha Meds has received generous support from GIZ, Merck, and the Dioraphte Foundation as well as Grand Challenges Exploration to improve the quality of care provided in drug shops across rural Africa.
Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) supports innovative thinkers worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in how we solve persistent global health and development challenges. Ms. Vernon’s project is one of 51 Grand Challenges Explorations Round 19 grants announced today by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Maisha Meds says its point of sale software supports over 30,000 patients monthly in 100 clinics and drug shops in rural East Africa.