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MedxTek Africa

MedxTek Africa

By Samuel Oti
MedxTek Africa is a new podcast about health technology innovation in Africa. On the show, we’re talking with African innovators and how they’re seeking to make a positive impact on people’s lives by disrupting the healthcare industry through technology.

This is a show for health tech entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals and business owners, industry investors and anyone who is fascinated about health technology and innovation.

Hosted by Dr. Sam Oti, an African public health physician and digital health enthusiast, based in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Ep21 - Accelerating digital health entrepreneurship in Africa

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Ep21 - Accelerating digital health entrepreneurship in Africa
My guest on this episode is Dr. Krishna Jafa. She is a physician and public health executive who has over two and half decades of expertise in health system design and strengthening and in digital health innovation. She is the CEO of an organization known as Medic. Medic designs open-source software that enables frontline health workers to provide quality care in some of the world’s hardest-to-reach communities. Today we’ll be speaking about a very specific initiative that is being implemented by Medic -- the Digital Health Ecosystem project. As you will be hearing from Dr. Jafa, the goal of this project is to accelerate digital health entrepreneurship in LMICs. The project is being implemented in partnership with PATH and is funded by the Bayer Foundation. This is such an exciting initiative that I really believe will catalyze digital health innovation across the African continent. So, if you are a digital health entrepreneur or innovator, then this episode will be very much of interest.  You can learn more about the DHE project by visiting: https://www.path.org/media-center/catalytic-funding-bayer-foundation-accelerate-digital-health-entrepreneurship-lmics/ If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti.  Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
24:47
August 02, 2022
Ep20 - Common mistakes that digital health startups make
My guest on this episode is an African digital health guru. Her name is Dr. Egbe Osifo-Dawodu. She is a founding partner of the Anadach Group – a consulting firm that provides technical and strategic support to digital health companies and investors across the developing world. She’s one of those people that has been committed to digital health long before it became fashionable. So in this episode we’ll be tapping into her 20+ years of experience as we talk about some common mistakes that digital health startups tend to make such as issues to do with intellectual property, licensing and even about how easily some startups surrender equity to potential funders. You can learn more about the Anadach Group by visiting: https://www.anadach.com/ If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti.  Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
36:10
June 15, 2022
Ep19 - Harnessing the power of data science in healthcare
This episode features Mitali Ayyangar the portfolio manager for frontline health systems at DataKind. DataKind works with mission-driven organizations to unlock their data science potential ethically and responsibly. In this episode, Mitali talks about innovative data science tools that are increasing the confidence that governments and their implementing partners have in the quality of data that is collected at the frontlines of the healthcare system. You can learn more about DataKind by visiting: https://www.datakind.org/ If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti.  Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
44:04
May 25, 2022
Ep18 - How a paper-based innovation is transforming digital health
My guest today is Dr Pratap Kumar. He wears multiple hats including being a senior lecturer at one of East Africa's leading business schools ‒Strathmore Business School‒ and also serving as the CEO of a digital health company. That company is known as Health-E-Net and they are on a mission to revolutionize the capture and use of high quality data in global health. Health-E-Net has developed a suite of innovations and you will be hearing about some of them in today's episode. In fact, one of the innovations that you will hear about won the global health innovation prize in 2018. You can learn more about Health-E-Net by visiting: https://www.health-e-net.org/ If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti.  Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
40:15
May 11, 2022
Ep17 - A movement to professionalize community health volunteers
In this episode I chat with Margaret Odera. She is a veteran community health volunteer (CHV) that has spent her career serving the needs of the vulnerable in Nairobi's informal settlements.  Margaret shares a heartbreaking but inspiring story about how she rose from the ashes of being diagnosed with HIV to dedicating her life to saving poor mothers and babies who are also living with the disease. Although she is not necessarily a technology or digital health innovator, I invited her to be a guest on the show for two related reasons. First, CHVs like Margaret often play an integral role in the implementation and scaling of digital health innovations in underserved communities. Therefore, it is important to highlight their value-add and needs. Second, Margaret is leading what seems to be a really important movement to professionalize and compensate CHVs. I believe her movement will ultimately contribute to strengthening community health structures to the benefit of the digital health ecosystem in Kenya and possibly across Africa.  Special thanks to Amie Vaccaro, Global Marketing Director at Dimagi for connecting me with Margaret. Shout out to my daughters Zira (3) and Ada (6) for doing the intro and outro respectively of this episode :) If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti.  Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
38:46
April 27, 2022
Ep16 - Lessons from a pioneer of telemedicine in Africa
This episode features Dr Davis Musinguzi ‒the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Rocket Health Africa. Rocket Health is one of the pioneers of telemedicine in sub-Saharan Africa. After almost a decade operating in Kampala, they recently raised $5 million in series A funding to scale their integrated digital health solution to more regions across Uganda and within East Africa over the next few years. You can learn more about Rocket Health by visiting: https://rockethealth.africa/ If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti.  Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
38:24
April 13, 2022
Ep15 - Giving mothers a voice in the health-care system
On this episode, I am joined by Sathy Rajasekharan ‒the Executive Director (Africa) at Jacaranda Health. Sathy offers compelling insights on what it means to build accessible, inclusive, and trusted digital health technologies that support hard-to-reach and last mile mothers across Kenya, and how digital technologies have a responsibility to give women a voice in the health system. You can learn more about Jacaranda Health by visiting: https://www.jacarandahealth.org/ If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti.  Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
35:34
March 31, 2022
Ep14 - High quality primary health care for all
Today I am joined by Radha Karnad. She is the Chief Medical Officer at HealthX Africa. HealthX is on a journey to make high quality primary health care and wellness accessible, affordable, convenient and equal. They are using the power of digital technology to reach every user with quality primary health care services wherever they are, whenever they want, and as often as they need. You can learn more about HealthX by visiting: https://www.healthxafrica.com/ If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti.  Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
45:17
March 17, 2022
Ep13 - Reimagining community-based health care
On this episode, I chat with Gloria Kahamba. She is a deputy director of programs at D-tree International (D-tree). D-tree is a non-governmental, non-profit global digital health organization committed to transforming health systems and improving lives by integrating digital technology into health systems in innovative and effective ways. Gloria will be highlighting some of their flagship digital health innovations in Tanzania. We specifically take a deeper dive into an innovation that they call Afya-Tek (which literally means "Health-Tech" in Kiswahili). Afya-Tek uses cutting-edge technology to link accredited drug dispensing outlets (ADDOs), primary health facilities, and community health workers (CHWs) in a fully digitized, people-centered healthcare system. You can learn more about Afya-Tek by visiting: https://www.d-tree.org/afya-tek   If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti.  Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
33:54
March 04, 2022
Ep12 - Simplifying the management of health data
This episode features Rory Assandey. He is the founder of La Ruche Health ‒a health tech start-up that is on a journey to build inclusive apps that simplify health care delivery and improve patient access to preventive services in Côte d'Ivoire. You can learn more about LaRuche Health by visiting: https://laruche.health/   If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti.  Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
44:16
February 18, 2022
Ep11 - A versatile app builder for frontline health workers
On this first episode of 2022, I chat with Ismaïla Diene. He is the Vice President of Solutions at Dimagi, based out of Dakar, Senegal. Dimagi has spent the last two decades developing and scaling social impact technologies across the world. One of their flagship innovations is known as CommCare. They describe it as the world's most powerful mobile data collection platform. Ismaïla will be telling us more about this amazing platform and how it is empowering frontline healthcare workers in African countries such as Burkina Faso and Madagascar. You can learn more about CommCare by visiting: https://www.dimagi.com/  If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti. Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
47:44
February 07, 2022
Ep10 - Ensuring equity and inclusion in digital health
This episode wraps up Season 1 of MedxTek Africa. It is a live recording of a webinar panel that I moderated as part of activities to mark Transform Health's Digital Health Week 2021. The webinar was organized by MedxTek Africa in collaboration with Innovations in Healthcare. My guests included: Dr. Charles Kamotho, CEO and Founder, Daktari Africa, Kenya Dr. Martha Muthami, Medical Doctor and Epidemiologist, Kenya Ministry of Health Mr. Julius Mbeya, Co-CEO, Lwala Community Alliance, Kenya Ms. Cynthia Kahumbura, Director of Operations, Jacaranda Health, Kenya In this panel session, we explored challenges and opportunities for accelerating the digital transformation of Kenya’s healthcare sector while ensuring equitable access for groups experiencing intersecting forms of marginalization and exclusion such as women, persons with disabilities and displaced populations. Key discussion points: In what ways has the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated digital transformation of Kenya’s healthcare sector? What are some of the manifestations and drivers of inequity and exclusion that have resulted from the acceleration of Kenya’s digital health transformation? What are the gaps and opportunities for policymakers and other key stakeholders to ensure that Kenya’s digital health transformation is equitable and inclusive? In what ways can marginalized and vulnerable groups be empowered to benefit equitably from the accelerated digital transformation of Kenya’s healthcare sector? If you have any thoughts on this episode, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti. Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
01:22:11
December 11, 2021
Ep9 - A radical approach to influencing behavior change
Today my guest is Jamie Arkin. She is the director of partnerships and development at a company known as Ai-fluence where she leads a sub-brand called Ai-fluence Reach. Ai-fluence Reach is using Artificial Intelligence to radically transform the way we influence social and behavior change in public health.  You can learn more about Ai-fluence by visiting: https://www.ai-fluence.com/ and LinkedIn @aifluence  If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti. Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
24:33
November 26, 2021
Ep8 - Fighting pneumonia using a "smart" jacket
Pneumonia kills 2000 children every day, many of them in Africa. Most of these deaths are preventable especially if the disease is detected and treated early but that’s simply not the case especially in vulnerable and marginalized communities across our continent. My guest today has had enough of this situation. So, her and her co-founder set out to do something about it. Her name is Olivia Koburongo and she is the CEO and co-founder of a device and software company known as MamaOpe based in Kampala, Uganda.  Her and her team invented a "smart" jacket that helps with the early detection of pneumonia in children. It uses acoustic technology, supported by an intuitive algorithm, to detect early signs of disease. It is potentially a game changer particularly in contexts where resources are highly constrained.  You can learn more about MamaOpe by visiting: http://mamaope.com/, Twitter @mama_ope and LinkedIn @mamaope medicals. If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti.  Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
18:31
November 17, 2021
Ep7 - Raising capital for your healthtech innovation
Today we’re talking money! The so-called root of all evil and yet everyone needs it including health tech start-ups. So how do tech startups in Africa get about raising capital? Well, in this episode I’ll be speaking with a man who has all the answers and even has some money to give away. Well, not him personally but his organization ‒the Baobab Network‒ runs an accelerator that invests as much as $25,000 in early-stage tech ventures across Africa. His name is Mr Arthur Chupeau and he is the Head of Ventures at the Baobab Network based here in Nairobi. It was such an insightful conversation so please listen, like and share with anyone who you know might need capital for their health tech start up on this beautiful continent. You can learn more about the Baobab Network by visiting https://thebaobabnetwork.com/ or on Twitter and FB @thebaobabnetwork and LinkedIn @the-baobab-network. If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti. Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
35:55
November 07, 2021
Ep6 - A tech solution reducing maternal deaths by 75%
Every 11 seconds a woman somewhere in this world dies during childbirth. That’s 800 women every day. And most of these preventable deaths happen right here on the African continent. Today I’ll be speaking with an enterprising young man who along with his team are on mission to tackle this sad situation. His name is Tafadzwa Munzwa and he is a medical student based in Zambia. On today’s show we’ll be hearing about his startup – Dawa Health – a digital health platform that is reshaping access to maternal health for vulnerable African women. You can learn more about Dawa Health by visiting https://dawa-health.com or on Twitter and IG @dawa_health or on LinkedIn @dawamed.   If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti. Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
26:52
October 16, 2021
Ep5 - Drones that deliver life-saving medical products
On Episode 5, I chat with three representatives of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Botswana. Agathe Lawson is the UNFPA Officer-in-Charge for South Africa and Country Director for the eSwatini and Botswana Country Offices. Mareledi Segotso is the Head of Office, UNFPA Botswana Country Office, and Priscilla Rabasimane is Communications Analyst also at UNFPA Botswana. Together they tell us about their Drones for Health initiative which is delivering life-saving medical products to underserved communities in Botswana. If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti. Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
19:44
October 01, 2021
Ep4 - Concierge medical diagnostics for the poor
This episode I’ll be speaking with the brilliant Oluwasoga Oni. I simply call him Soga. He is CEO and co-founder of MDaaS Global. A company based in Lagos, Nigeria that provides tech-enabled diagnostic centers that are to designed to cater to the needs of underserved communities. Soga is an engineer. He holds two Masters degrees. One in Computer Science and the other in Engineering, System Design and Management from MIT. You can learn more about MDaaS by visiting https://www.mdaas.io/ or on Twitter and LinkedIn @mdaasglobal.  If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti. Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
29:27
September 20, 2021
Ep3 - Artificial Intelligence solutions for health
Today I’ll be speaking with Darlington Akogo, a global leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI). He's the founder and director of several AI startups including minoHealth ‒an AI healthtech company; karaAgro AI ‒an AI-powered precision agriculture platform; Runmila AI Institute ‒an AI and data science training institute, and Gudra AI Studio ‒an organization broadly exploring AI and exponential technologies applied to various domains including transportation, sanitation and energy. We talk specifically about his work with minoHealth AI Labs ‒an Accra-based startup that is pioneering the application of Artificial Intelligence in healthcare diagnostics and biomedical research across Africa. minoHealth AI Labs has developed a suite of cutting-edge AI-powered innovations. For example, its AI4Radiology system can automatically detect several medical conditions such as pneumonia and breast cancer from analyzing x-rays.  You can learn more about minoHealth by visiting https://www.minohealth.org/ or on Twitter and LinkedIn @minoHealth.  If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti. Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content. 
29:49
August 29, 2021
Ep2 - Affordable and accessible medical insurance
On this episode I’ll be speaking with a phenomenal lady. She is Adelaide Odhiambo, the CEO and co-founder of Bluewave Insurance based in Nairobi. Bluewave is a tech-driven company that is designing microinsurance products that are simple, affordable, and accessible to the mass market. Adelaide’s background is in actuarial science, and she spent over a decade in the insurance industry before taking an entrepreneurial dive into the world of microinsurance and digital health. You can learn more about Bluewave on Linkedin @Bluewave Insurance Agency, Instagram @bluewave.ins or visit their website: https://www.bluewaveinsurance.co/. If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti. Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
33:00
August 15, 2021
Ep1 - Democratizing first-level medical care
In this premiere episode, I speak with Ikechukwu "Iyke" Anoke. He is CEO and co-founder of Zuri Health Africa.  Zuri Health is a mobile health service that delivers first level medical services to its users through their mobile devices via apps, WAP, and SMS. Iyke is currently based here in Nairobi, Kenya and he will be sharing his entrepreneurial journey. He will be telling us about the highs and the lows, what keeps him up at night, and what drives him to want to transform healthcare in Africa. I also challenge him about whether Zuri Health is truly a disruptive health tech innovation or if it is simply another case of "technological solutionism".   You can learn more about Zuri Health on Twitter @ZuriHealth, Instagram @zurihealth or visit https://zuri.health.  If you have any thoughts on this episode, or recommendations of African health innovators that you’d like me to host on the show, please reach out to me directly on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, email: sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu or via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti.  Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
38:31
June 18, 2021
Welcome Trailer
MedxTek Africa is a podcast about health technology innovation in Africa. On the show, we’re talking with African innovators and how they’re seeking to make a positive impact on people’s lives by disrupting the healthcare industry through technology. This is a show for health tech entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals and business owners, industry investors and anyone who is fascinated about health technology and innovation. Hosted by Dr. Sam Oti, an African public health physician and digital health enthusiast, based in Nairobi, Kenya. We look forward to engaging with you at every step of the way. Please feel free to suggest health innovators or start-ups, as well as questions to be discussed and share your feedback. You can reach Dr. Oti on Twitter @DrSam_Oti, on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-oji-oti/ or by email at sam.oti@alumni.harvard.edu. Please note that The MedxTek Africa Podcast is distinct from Dr. Oti's role as a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre. The information provided in this podcast is not medical advice, nor should it be construed or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The MedxTek Africa Podcast, its production team, guests and partners assume no liability for the application of the podcast's content.
02:05
June 08, 2021