Two University of Abuja students are on a mission to change the African healthcare narrative with their health-tech company, BetaLife.
According to the statement available om the official Facebook page pf the institution, the company uses artificial intelligence (AI) to promote health equity and improve patients’ outcomes.
The statement further read that BetaLife was founded in 2021 by Ayanniyi Mubarak, a 400-level medical student, and Okwoli Mathew, a graduate of computer science.
“We started the project in school, but we had to push it forward by attending competitions and pitching our ideas to government and private sectors,” said Matthew. “At the moment, we have been able to pitch to investors from international organizations and we have secured partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JAICA).”
This partnership seems to be yielding fruit, as JAICA will be sponsoring Mubarak to pitch at the greatest start-up show with foreign investors in Morocco on Wednesday, May 31st – Saturday, June 3rd, 2023. Matthew will represent the company at another competition in Lagos (NSIA Innovation challenge).
“We are dreaming big,” enthuses Matthew, who affirms that the University of Abuja has given him and his colleagues a lot of opportunities to fly high.
Other members of the team include:
- Gomina Abdulmalik (500L medical student)
- Otu Emmanuel (400L medical student)
- Favour James (400L medical student)
- Adeyanju Mahmud (400L medical student)
- Pedro Williams (Graduate of Computer Science UofA)
- Abadnego Joseph (Graduate of Mathematics, UofA)
- Nwachukwu Emmanuel (Graduate of Computer Science, UofA)
- Oyedele Emmanuel (Graduate of Computer Science, UofA)
- Anionu Vanessa Gift (Dept. Guidance & Counselling)
BetaLife’s technology uses AI to match blood donors with patients in need. The company also provides educational resources on blood donation and health equity.
“We are proud to be changemakers, driving blood supply in Africa, and benefiting thousands of sick people,” said Mubarak. “Our goal is to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for everyone in Africa.”
BetaLife is one of a growing number of health-tech companies in Africa that are using technology to improve healthcare delivery. These companies are addressing a number of challenges, including access to care, affordability, and quality.
“We are excited to see the growth of the health-tech sector in Africa,” said Matthew. “We believe that technology has the potential to revolutionize healthcare in Africa and improve the lives of millions of people.”
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