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Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Egyptian healthtech startups have come into the public eye

Egyptian startups are making waves as healthtech emerges as a global trend. Here are some of the biggest success stories:

Chefaa saves you from hunting for medicine — in person or on the phone: Digital pharmacy app Chefaa allows users to scan prescriptions, order and pick up medicine, and check the correct dosage of what they’ve been prescribed. Launched in 2017, the startup has raised six-figure seed funding and is hoping to expand within and beyond Egypt.

Vezeeta aims to empower patients by treating them like consumers: Digital healthcare startup Vezeeta launched in Cairo in 2012 as a way to find, book, and rate doctors, and has since expanded its operations to cities across Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon. It has most recently launched in Nigeria and Kenya. The company has also started rolling out two new products this year, ePharmacy and Tele-health, to make medical assistance available through the app.

And mental health is (rightly) being prioritized at last: Online therapy startup Shezlong, named after the chair a person might traditionally have sat on when seeing a psychologist, enables users to talk to therapists online through videoconferencing. The application launched in 2015 and now has around 150 therapists on its books, letting you filter to choose one that meets your needs. The startup was recently featured by Reuters for offering 150k free sessions to help people cope with anxiety or depression during the covid-19 pandemic.

Interested in more Egyptian healthtech startups? Check out this link featuring 15 of the biggest players in the market.

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