Egyptian Startup Almouneer Revolutionizing Healthcare
Almouneer, an Eyptian health tech company led by women, is striving to revolutionize healthcare for people suffering from diabetes and obesity. These two lifestyle diseases are widespread in the Middle East and Africa. Almouneer recognizes that these health challenges are preventable through proper lifestyle management and monitoring.
Recently, the startup secured $3.6 million in funding in Global Ventures led seed round, with participation from Proparco and Digital Africa, and Wrightwood Investments, among others. Almouneer plans to utilize the funds to support the development and expansion of DRU, which is the first patient-centric, digitally-enabled lifestyle and diabetes management platform in the Middle East and Africa.
The DRU connects patients with doctors. It’s an extensive network of healthcare providers.
Almouneer Keen to Expand
Noha Khater, the co-founder and CEO of Almouneer, says the seed investment will assist in attracting top talent to join the startup. It is looking at potential product expansion across Africa and the Middle East; Almouneer is targeting Nigeria, Kenya and the UAE in 2024.
Almouneer, after operating tech-enabled ophthalmology clinics, reached out to diabetes and chronic disease patients. It shifted from managing digital clinics to providing operational support for external doctors and healthcare providers. The company uses comprehensive practice management software. It has interconnected all financial, electronic medical records and booking systems.
Khater, with co-founder Rania Kadry, aims to expand and enhance Almouneer’s service offerings. They intend to launch patient-customized treatment and nutrition plans. Through this, patients can subscribe to personalize plans for uncontrolled diabetes and obesity, focus on blood pressure and blood sugar improvement.
Almouneer Provides Convenient Platform
Khater said they have patients coming to Egypt for treatment from Africa and the Middle East because of two things. “One is the good medical expertise here in the region, and two, because of its affordability. So one of the biggest challenges when those patients go back home after getting treatment is that it’s hard to maintain contact with the doctors or healthcare provider.”
She said if they do, they don’t have the same care or attention they would have when they fly in. “The app allows them to upload medical records or the latest tests. It also helps with conversations with the doctors so they don’t have to fly back to Egypt now and then for a follow-up.”