Kenya’s health data platform Afya Rekod closes US$2 million seed round

Afya Rekod has announced the closing of a $2 million seed funding round. The round was led by Mac Venture Capital with participation from Next Chymia. Mac Venture Capital is a US-based seed-stage venture capital firm that invests in technology startups that capitalize on shifts in cultural trends and behaviors. Next Chymia is an Asian private company focused on blockchain-based businesses.

Afya Rekod is a Kenya-based healthcare data platform – under Adanian Labs – that is patient-centric, enabling both patients and healthcare institutions to collect, store and access patients’ healthcare data.

For providers, the platform offers multiple functionalities such as hospital management, patient management, knowledge management and inventory management. For patients, the platform enables the collection of health data and access to medical interventions. In addition, the platform collects information about pharmacies and other important resources for easy access.

Afya Rekod founder, John Kamara, said: “For the past year and a half we have been solely focused on building a dynamic platform that streamlines healthcare records with analytics and provides access to specialized clinics and experts. This provides quality healthcare in a way that is vital at this moment. We are very excited about this investment as it will help us grow on our journey to become the world’s leading healthcare platform focused on patient mobility in key markets. Our mission is to empower patients by giving them access to their healthcare data and connecting to the healthcare ecosystem, including hospitals, pharmacies, insurance companies and beyond.”

“This investment will help us expand into other markets in Africa and accelerate the rollout of our patient portal. This gives patients resources and tools to store and manage their health records, an important capability for chronic disease patients and their physicians,” Kamara continued.

“One of the things we liked most about Afya Rekod was its commitment to patient-centric healthcare innovation and how it addresses the gaps in current healthcare challenges. The pandemic has fast-forwarded, making health data accessibility and analysis more urgent. This is a global problem that can be addressed by innovative private companies like Afya Rekod. We are excited to be working with the team to address this challenging healthcare problem,” said Marlon Nichols, Founding Managing Director of MaC Venture Capital.

Afya Rekod has over 150,000 users in 5 countries and is accessed either through an app or the browser. The startup’s key partnerships include The Association of Sisterhoods of Kenya (AOSK) with over 500 hospitals across Kenya; Healthy Mind Foundation to train psychiatrists in Lagos, Nigeria; and Alchemy in South Africa to onboard private and public hospitals in Southern Africa.

“We are very proud that one of our flagship startups, Afya Rekod, is gaining influence around the world. We strive to develop disruptive technologies that will solve some of the most relevant challenges in Africa and beyond, and healthcare is one of the sectors that requires a variety of interventions to improve quality access. We strongly believe in Afya Rekod’s mission and while we continue to support the company, we are confident that the impact it will create will be phenomenal,” said Irene Kiwia, co-founder and CGO of Adanian Labs.

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