German-based Ada Health has announced the launch of its Global Health Initiative, whose centerpiece is an AI enabled self-check up app that will be deployed in underserved areas.
Ada has launched the app in Germany, the United States, and Canada, but now, focus is shifting to Sub-Saharan Africa, where there are large populations whose healthcare needs largely go unmet.
The startup, which was launched in 2011, has partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Swiss foundation, Fondation Botnar, as it seeks to improve healthcare service delivery in East Africa and Romania, among other regions.
The app has integrated the Swahili language, the language spoken by a majority of people in East Africa. There are also plans to launch in Romania to increase access to healthcare to a country where people have limited access.
“By partnering with Fondation Botnar, Ada will become the first health guidance app to feature Swahili language integration, making its health assessment technology available to more than 100 million people in sub-Saharan Africa,” Ada said in a statement.
Ada said the app will initially focus on families and adolescents in areas with limited access to healthcare, with the company aiming to reach 2 million people in East Africa and Romania within three years. It is estimated that a third of Ada’s users are from rural and less developed healthcare markets, such as India, Asia, and Africa.
The Ada app guides users through their symptoms and gives advice on what the causes of an ailment could be and offers advice on what steps to follow next. Ada’s AI-enabled app can track symptoms so that certain conditions can receive earlier intervention.
Ada Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Daniel Nathrath said the app “helps you get a better idea of the medical condition that’s causing symptoms, and then helps you make an informed decision about next steps. In Tanzania, often the best option will be to find out where the closest community health worker is.”
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