Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 70 - Page 42

COUNTRY FOCUS : RWANDA
Viebeg Technologies , a venture capital-backed Health Tech company , is helping to expand access to affordable healthcare in Central and East Africa by aiding healthcare facilities in procuring supplies in real-time

How Rwanda is using Artific to improve healthcare

Panoramic view at the city bussiness district of
Kigali , Rwanda

Drug stock-outs and shortage of medical equipment in health facilities in Rwanda are becoming a thing of the past , thanks to an innovation that is addressing procurement constraints .

Viebeg Technologies , a venture capital-backed health tech company , is helping to expand access to affordable health care in Central and East Africa by aiding healthcare facilities in procuring supplies in real-time . It uses Artificial Intelligence ( AI ) to manage supply chain processes ( from shipping to warehousing , distribution and inventory management ) to ensure that healthcare facilities have the precise medical supplies in stock .
The Rwanda Innovation Fund , partly financed by the African Development Bank , invested in Viebeg ’ s datadriven logistics platform .
Tobias Reiter , Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer , Viebeg Technologies , said the firm ’ s AI-driven medical procurement platform directly connects healthcare providers with manufacturers . This removes brokers and middlemen from the value chain , generating cost savings of up to 40 % for customers .
“ We saw that many medical facilities did not have the right supplies ; and also from reports that in Africa , in every five minutes , people are dying from conditions that could be prevented if we had the right medical supplies ,” Reiter noted .
The company , which was set up in 2018 , works with many health facilities in Rwanda , where two million people have been treated with Viebeg products , according to Alex Musyoka , Co-Founder and Chief
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