Healthtech startup, Field Intelligence has today announced its expansion into 11 cities in Nigeria and Kenya. The 11 cities include Rivers, Edo, Kaduna, Kano, Enugu, Delta and Kwara States in Nigeria, and Eldoret, Mombasa, Kisumu and Naivasha in Kenya.
The expansion will build on Field Intelligence’s existing 700+ pharmacy membership, which has served over 1.4 million patients to accelerate quality frontline healthcare across Africa. This comes after a year in which the company claims to have seen rapid growth in sales and Shelf Life membership.
Founded in 2015, the startup digitises the pharmaceutical supply chain. In its early days, it was focused on solving supply chain issues in Nigeria’s capital city but co-founder and CEO, Michael Moreland disclosed that they soon found that privately run pharmacies faced the same challenges.
To solve that problem, Field Intelligence moved from being a software company to a tech-enabled pharmaceutical distributor launching Shelf Life in 2017 for that purpose.
Speaking on the expansion, Moreland revealed that “Shelf Life’s rapid uptake across such a range of African markets is a testament to its potential as a solution for pharmacies across the continent.
“Rural and urban, East and West, we have found Shelf Life helping pharmacies overcome a shared set of challenges and seize new opportunities for growth by improving access for their patients. The ability of our technology to digitise, automate, and optimise planning, assortment, and fulfillment, led by an incredible team, is quickly making Shelf Life one of the largest retail pharmacy supply chains in Africa.”
Although Field Intelligence maintains that Shelf Life is currently being used by more than 700 pharmacies in Nigeria and Kenya, the startup has its sights trained on the over 20,000 drugstores and pharmacies in Nigeria and Kenya. By 2022, it aims to have at least 2000 pharmacies and drugstores using Shelf Life and 12,000 by 2025.
Much of Africa’s healthcare systems are manually handled leaving businesses with a mountain to climb if they are to stay on top of their processes. With solutions like Field Intelligence, pharmacies can now digitise their processes enabling them to run efficiently.