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52% of the world lacks access to essential health services. Existing solutions supporting this in rural areas of low- and middle-income countries, include unlicensed herbal healers or long travels to hospitals and are largely inadequate. This is exacerbated by COVID-19, given global efforts are consumed while overburdened healthcare systems continue to push past breaking points.
Furthermore, quality of care is an issue as local doctors and health workers often lack core skills, resulting in poor health outcomes. With resources concentrated in higher-income communities, rural populations do not receive equitable care. Existing digital tools, including teleconsultation, are not built for low-connectivity, resulting in a severe lack of adequate telehealth in these communities, compounded by outdated regulations.
We want to enable primary healthcare access, increase the quality of care, strengthen local health systems and improve health outcomes in low- to middle-income communities to support the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage agendas.