Nigeria’s WellaHealth has introduced a much-needed service to provide rapid malaria care service to the Nigerian public at an affordable rate in partnership with almost 1,000 community pharmacies.
WellaHealth is a health technology platform that provides software and logistical support to community pharmacies to help them better manage their clients and provide value added community based services to improve access to quality health care.
The medtech startup will work in collaboration with Advantage Health Africa to provide greater access to rapid malaria testing in local community pharmacies, towards the goal of improving the reach of quality malaria care across the country.
WellaHealth founder, Dr. Ikpeme Neto, said that through the partnership, people will be able to access malaria test and drugs easily and more conveniently at any of the 1000 community pharmacies in the retail pharmacy network project managed by Advantage Health Africa.
The service can be booked via their website or via whatsapp, twitter or SMS and also accessible without the need of a valid data subscription via facebook’s free basics platform.
“Following bookings, the service is delivered and mobile based follow up then ensures recovery from malaria or onward referral when needed. The service is covered by a number of health maintenance organisations and it is also very affordable for direct out of payment options.
“We recently signed a new partnership that sees us expand into almost 1,000 community pharmacies across Nigeria bringing us closer to our goal of bringing every Nigerian to within 10 minutes of a rapid malaria test via our rapid malaria care service. This service allows instant malaria testing and treatment conveniently using technology,” he said.