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Tanzanian Healthcare Startup Medikea Secures Funding From Catalyst Fund to Tackle Climate-Induced Health Crises

Medikea, a Tanzanian healthcare startup, has secured an investment from the Catalyst Fund to enhance its mission of delivering affordable healthcare services to vulnerable communities.

This investment aims to address the growing healthcare needs in Tanzania, particularly as climate change intensifies various health challenges across Africa.

Medikea’s innovative model aims to bridge the gap by combining 24/7 telemedicine with strategically located physical clinics, making essential care more accessible and affordable for underserved populations.

Africa faces a surge in health problems linked to malnutrition, infectious diseases, heat-related illnesses, and more, often compounded by a lack of readily available healthcare resources.

Medikea’s approach tackles this challenge head-on by offering an integrated care ecosystem that blends physical clinics with telemedicine support.

Founded in 2023, Medikea is the brainchild of Dr. Elvis Silayo (CEO) and Dr. Desire Ruhinda (COO), both veterans of Tanzania’s national hospital system.

Operating currently in Dar es Salaam, the startup prioritizes delivering quality care to individuals facing financial constraints.

Their unique model combines virtual consultations with physical clinic visits, offering affordable primary care and diagnostics. To date, Medikea has served nearly 10,000 Tanzanians, providing crucial services like consultations, specialist referrals, and pharmacy connections at nearly half the cost of alternative options.

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