Acumen has invested $600,000 into Miliki Afya Ltd to help the firm launch clinics that offer high quality, low cost, outpatient care and diagnostics in low income, densely populated areas in Kenya.
Speaking about the deal Dr.Ernest Mureithi CEO of Miliki Afya said, “Healthcare should be accessible to all. We are keen to ensure that people at the bottom of the pyramid can access good quality healthcare at an affordable price. Our patients receive consultation from a qualified doctor for as little as KSH 100 (USD $0.85).”
Mureithi said that Miliki Afya will launch a number of clinics across Kenya to address the ever growing gap in the low cost healthcare market in Kenya. The trained medical doctor and healthcare administrator with extensive experience in designing and managing chains of clinics across East Africa.
Miliki Afya provides a ‘one stop shop’ solution for the low income population. It’s first clinic is located in Ngong Town, 20 kilometers outside of Nairobi city center, directly across from the central public bus station in Ngong town and the farmer’s market where the population gathers. The clinic is open from 7am-7pm seven days a week.
“Miliki Afya has a sound and scalable business model with potential for delivering real impact to low income communities. Acumen’s investment in Miliki Afya is in line with our mission of changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in game changing companies delivering critical goods and services to the under served,” said Duncan Onyango, East Africa Director, Acumen.
It has been noted that about 18 million Kenyans are in need of primary healthcare across urban, peri-urban and rural areas. Private clinics have taken over the country as they currently provide half of primary healthcare to the poorest quintile of the population. The majority of these clinics are not able to provide a full range of basic services, thus referring patients to other locations in order to receive a diagnosis or treatment.