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ABIDJAN: DabaDoc, a Moroccan health-tech startup backed by France’s Orange, will launch into the Ivorian health market this summer as part of an expansion campaign in sub-Saharan Africa, the companies said on Monday.
DabaDoc aims to help patients, doctors and medical practices manage and digitize records and appointments. It plans to add other services like remote consultations, including those paid for by family members in the diasporas to improve access to care.
Launched in 2014 and operational in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, DabaDoc said around ten thousand doctors use the platform and more than 8 million people have used the service.
DabaDoc said in a statement on the sidelines of the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan that it aims to address the problem of limited and unequal access to healthcare for patients in a continent where there is still one doctor for every 1 000 inhabitants.,
The coronavirus pandemic has spurred growth and investor interest in remote healthcare services and the companies that provide them. Franco-German startup Doctolib, valued at over $6 billion, provides similar services to DabaDoc.
Orange and Axa Assurance acquired a majority stake in DabaDoc for an undisclosed amount in June last year.
“Côte d’Ivoire will be the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to benefit from the Orange Santé platform developed in partnership with DabaDoc and we hope to launch the solution in other countries as soon as possible”, said Elisabeth Medou Badang, vice- senior president of Orange. for Africa and the Indian Ocean
“Orange Côte d’Ivoire is very involved in the field of health. For example, they are already working with GAVI on the mVaccine platform to provide immunization information and appointment reminders to parents in local languages,” she added.
Online appointment booking will begin in Ivory Coast this summer, and other services will be gradually added to the system by 2023, DabaDoc said.
Zineb Drissi Kaitouni, co-founder and CEO of DabaDoc said that Côte d’Ivoire was a strategic step in the deployment of the partnership between DabaDoc and Orange to democratize access to healthcare in Africa.
The platform will be launched in other countries in the region and in the Middle East where Orange is present by 2023.