Founders' Letter

Asiedu, Mercy PhD

Co-founder

Biomedical Engineer
Experience in Global health
and Machine Learning

Kaira, Bai Bintou

Co-founder

Chemical Engineer
Experience in Global health
Systems and process modelling

STATISTICS

1.2

MILLION

Digital Healthcare Visits

13

MILLION

Digital Healthcare Visits

16%

MILLION

Digital Healthcare Visits

For us, it is personal

The early morning call or unexpected text informing the death or sickness of a loved one is something nobody yearns for. That feeling of helplessness and worry with thoughts of what-if questions consume our minds — what if I had been there with them or what if they had better access to healthcare?

 

Within the African culture, especially, we each take on the responsibility of taking care of one another. As a result, we are active participants in our families’ and friends’ healthcare journeys. As part of this communal healthcare support, we explain hospital notes, remind them of diet changes, and in the case of GAPhealth’s co-founders’ we help our loved ones’ record at home diabetes test results and manage their blood sugar levels. We both have family members and friends who live with diabetes — a chronic disease that can be difficult to manage.

 

When we moved to North America for post-secondary education and became less involved in our loved ones’ day-to-day health dealings, we wished there was an easy way to help them keep track of health records and provide them with the healthcare they deserve.

 

The need to solve these issues led to the creation of the Global AI Powered Health Technologies known as GAPhealth; a company that uses technology to create tools to bridge healthcare gaps in Africa. GAPhealth enables its users to easily keep track of their health care data and medications schedule. We use artificial intelligence based on user information to provide personalized age-based preventative health recommendations and specific lifestyle guides for our diabetic patients. For example, depending on the patient’s age, we provide education and guidance for cervical, breast, or prostate cancer screening — to address the large gaps in knowledge we face in these areas. Patients can add on family members, truly enabling community health support while having easy access to verified in-app providers. We make it easy for providers to join our network through a simple verification process, after which providers can opt to attend to patients via SMS, phone, video calls, and even schedule in-patient visits.

 

Why our team? First of all, we are millennials and consumers of the digital age. We know what we want from our digital devices.

Secondly, we are African diaspora in the Americas. We have personal insights into the lived African experience. Our time in Canada and the United States has opened our eyes to technology possibilities in healthcare. Thirdly, we are highly technically trained. Bintou is a chemical engineer with four years of experience in process design and optimization, project management, and change management in the mining sector. Mercy is a biomedical engineer with seven years of medical development and implementation experience, global health, and artificial intelligence. We are driven by our personal lived experiences to improve healthcare access in Africa.

 

Everybody deserves the best healthcare. Together with us, you will be able to securely store your data, receive excellent care from health professions, get tailored health recommendations, and be involved in the healthcare of your loved ones. We look forward to welcoming you and your loved ones to our GAPhealth community, whether as a patient, caretaker, or provider.

 

More than just healthcare,

but a better healthcare experience.