Nigeria’s Remedial Health improved platform wants to help pharmacies become more profitable

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April 9, 2024
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Remedial Health
  • Remedial Health, a Nigerian healthtech startup, has launched an updated version of its app to help healthcare businesses in Africa make better decisions, drive growth, and increase profitability. 
  • The new app, intended to serve as an operating system for neighbourhood pharmacies and Proprietary Patent Medicine Vendors (PPMVs) in Africa, includes a digital PoS and barcode scanner. 
  • These features will make payment collection easier, provide virtual business accounts to accept payments, track product sales, enable seamless management of multiple stores with a store-switch feature, and provide inventory management solutions for efficiently restocking and identifying short-dated products.

Techpoint Africa reported in August 2023 that Remedial Health raised $12 million in Series A funding — $8 million in equity and $4 million in debt — to expand its services and support the delivery of targeted financial services to drive business growth in Nigeria's pharmaceutical sector. 

The pharmaceutical market in Africa is expanding rapidly due to increased demand for low-cost, accessible healthcare solutions. According to Asokoinsight, an African corporate data and engagement platform, Africa's demand for pharmaceutical products is expected to more than double to $63 billion by 2030, with a total market value of $56 billion to $70 billion by the decade. 

PPMVs are estimated to account for 85% of retail medicine sales in the African pharmaceutical industry. However, they struggle to run their operations effectively and profitably due to a lack of appropriate digital sales and inventory management tools. 

To address this, the startup confirmed, “Starting in Nigeria, healthcare businesses can access vetted medicines and manage their sales and inventory on one easy-to-use platform, freeing up time and capacity to effectively serve their customers and communities.”

Simultaneously, manufacturers' reliance on paper-based inventory and sales management processes leads to limited empirical insights into customer behaviour, preventing informed production and distribution decisions. 

However, the updated Remedial Health app will provide manufacturers with consolidated, real-time market data to boost profitability and improve decision-making across the value chain.

The app also offers data analytics to help with decision-making and thorough financial reporting for managing profit and loss.

Samuel Okwuada, CEO and co-founder of Remedial Health, acknowledged that neighbourhood pharmacies and PPMVs are the front lines of healthcare delivery in Africa and that these providers have been left to fend for themselves to be effective and profitable. 

However, the startup plans to provide these providers with the necessary tools to manage daily operations and keep their practices running smoothly. 

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