Healthcare chain startup Rivia launches in Ghana
- Ghana-based startup Rivia, founded by Isidore Kpotufe, aims to enhance service quality in the healthcare sector.
- Rivia collaborates with clinics, providing support in customer acquisition, financing, and technology to improve patient service quality.
- The startup offers a hospital management system and loans for upgrading infrastructure, contributing to the overall improvement of healthcare services in the region.
Rivia, a startup focusing on enhancing service quality in the healthcare sector, has commenced operations in Ghana. Founded by Isidore Kpotufe, a two-time entrepreneur with previous success in selling his startup, stabus, to the Nigerian mobility startup Treepz after raising $1.2 million, Rivia aims to make a significant impact in the healthcare industry.
Currently operational in Ghana, Rivia plans to expand its services to West and East Africa. The startup collaborates with clinics, providing comprehensive support in customer acquisition, financing, and technology to improve patient service quality and extend the reach of their clientele.
Rivia offers partner clinics a hospital management system to handle various tasks such as patient appointments, bookings, record-keeping, payment collection, lab, pharmacy, and other administrative functions. Additionally, the startup provides loans to partner clinics for upgrading their physical infrastructure and augmenting their inventory, contributing to the overall improvement of healthcare services in the region.
Africa's healthcare system undoubtedly encounters multiple challenges, encompassing inadequate modern and well-equipped medical facilities, shortages of medical professionals such as doctors and nurses, and insufficient funding for healthcare services. Despite these obstacles, the healthcare sector in Africa offers various investment opportunities. Private healthcare spending has experienced substantial growth, increasing from $20 billion in 2016 to $45 billion in 2023 when considering figures from Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya. This remarkable 125% growth over seven years underscores the increasing significance of private investment in healthcare across the continent. On average, each user spends $400, with approximately 113 million people annually paying for private healthcare in the three mentioned countries. This trend highlights the potential for investors to contribute to addressing healthcare challenges in Africa while simultaneously tapping into a sector with considerable growth and impact potential.