J&J Citizenship Trust has partnered with Transformational Business Network to identify high-potential companies in East Africa that can transform the health and well-being sector. 

The health landscape in Africa has transformed dramatically over the past 20 years. Africa has made considerable headway in improving the health outcomes of its populations, in spite of the challenges posed by pervasive poverty, epidemic diseases, and food insecurity. Governments have increased their health expenditure in line with global average of 12%. The traditional communicable diseases of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis remain the main drivers of mortality. However, Africa now faces as double disease burden as chronic conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer – associated with a growing middle-class lifestyle – are also emerging as major killers on the continent. African health systems are underfunded, overstretched, and understaffed, rendering the challenge of addressing this double disease burden a monumental challenge. Over the next 50 years populations will continue to rise on the continent putting additional pressure on the system.

To respond to this challenge, the agility to the private sector must be harnessed to find innovative ways of delivering affordable and accessible preventative and curative services. Some examples of the ingenious solutions that our Scale for Success entrepreneurs have developed include:

MumsVillage – Expectant mothers find it difficult to access local, trusted information or find a support network to help them on the motherhood journery. MumsVillage is a community platform which provides knowledge and support and uses its platform to sell relevant products and services.

Beacon of Hope – This hospital began its jouney as a traditional not for profit serving low-income communities. Over time it realized that to expand its provision of primary health care, HIV, maternal health and pyscho-social support it needed to shift to a social enterprise model.

Flare – If you have an accident in Kenya then don’t dial 999 – you will be waiting a very long time. Flare have developed the first integrated emergency response system in Africa which matching supply and demand of ambulance services via an Uber-like app.

At the recent launch of the cohort, Mr. Gerald Macharia, Vice President of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, challenged the entrepreneurs to scale their solutions for the benefit of all. Over the next 6 months, TBN will support these entrepreneurs to refine their strategy, develop their business model and improve their systems and processes.

This programme is supported by Johnson & Johnson (J&J), the multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturer founded in 1886 and with a market cap of US$337 billion. The J&J Citizenship Trust manages an impact investment fund for high-potential companies.