babyl, Rwanda’s first digital health service which offers medical consultation using a mobile phone, has been selected to join SPRING Cohort 3, an accelerator program that identifies and supports businesses that can bring life-enhancing products and services to girls whilst providing comprehensive business model development and support to its participants – including Human-Centred Design prototyping, prototype funding, investment guidance, global and local mentor and corporate partners who donate in kind expertise, and access to legal expertise through their corporate partner Hogan Lovells.
babyl Rwanda also received a significant grant from Dubai Expo 20/20 which is a programme to fund, accelerate and promote creative solutions that improve lives. babyl selected from 600 entries, will also be presenting in the 20/20 Expo Innovation Village.
‘It is an honour to join 19 other businesses across East Africa at SPRING Cohort 3. We are all trying to lead way in engraining social impact into a company’s core values. We aim to provide a comprehensive and sexual reproductive health service to young women using our digital platform”, said Tracey McNeill, CEO, babyl Rwanda.
Also remarking on the Dubai 20/20 grants, McNeill added “This grant from Dubai Expo will help to refine our health service to both meet the health needs of young women across the country, and make healthcare accessible and affordable to everyone”.
After gaining a license from the Ministry of Health, babyl launched to the public with a free trial period in mid-September 2016. To date, babyl has registered over 350,000 users and completed over 90,000 appointments through the innovative mobile health service.
Health Minister, Dr. Diane Gashumba remarked, “As a ministry, we have placed a lot of emphasis on encouraging health workers and health providers to get closer to the citizens. babyl Rwanda is using the one device most of us have, a mobile phone, and an advanced technology platform to accelerate our journey to getting quality healthcare to all and orient people who need to meet Doctors physically. This innovative program will use an easy digital tool to improve access to information and services on adolescent sexual and reproductive health including prevention of teenage pregnancies.
Spring Accelerator program will not only help us reach that goal faster, but its focus on girls will help us reach one the most vulnerable segments in our society”.
Youth & ICT Minister, Jean PhilbertNsengimana also commented “Leveraging digital platforms to give citizens access to healthcare is a key area of focus when executing smart solutions across the country. The prospect of reducing the burden on government & private health as well increasing access to quality healthcare is a key driver on a national agenda level. We are excited that so soon after babyl chose Rwanda to kick-off its global expansion strategy, we not only benefit from a pioneering service that has reached many, but more research and more innovation that will result from babyl’s participation in the SPRING cohort and the Dubai Expo 20/20”