Fake drugs are a major killer in developing countries like Nigeria. The peddlers looking to make quick money sell substandard drugs to individuals. Medsaf is working to make this a thing of the past.
Faith History spoke with two of the startup’s Founders, Vivian Nwakah and Temitope Awosika, in this interview.
Medsaf: Meet The Founders
Vivian Nwakah one of the Co-founders was born in Chicago in the United States of America (USA) and attended the University of Illinois. She then proceeded to Georgia State for Business School and also went to The Federal University of Rio in Brazil. Vivian first came to Nigeria as an Intern and has remained in the country to build Medsaf. She was impacted by Nigerian healthcare industry and the opportunities that were in it. She currently holds the CEO title at Medsaf.
Temitope Awosika on the other hand is the Chief Pharmacist of Medsaf. She attended schools in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. She returned about two years ago to found Medsaf. Her work experience before the startup including service at a Community Pharmacy and Hospitals in the United Kingdom. When she returned to Nigeria, she worked at an hospital where she discovered how chaotic it was to buy drugs. There was a situation where she was unable to access a particular drug for a patient suffering respiratory depression.
Medsaf: Here’s Why Its Work Is Critical
Medsaf’s motto is “quality and safe medication is a fundamental human right”. The startup uses technology to make the procurement of drugs more efficient. Its platform aggregates multinational and local drug manufacturers. It also aggregates hospitals, clinics and pharmacies. The startup then connects connects both groups. It helps drug buyers avoid the current tedious process of purchasing quality medication. It helps buyers save time and money. The startup is a B2B company it therefore doesn’t cater to end consumers. Its work however directly impacts end consumers. It literally saves lives as it allows them get the drugs they need. The startup also protects them from the danger of fake drugs.
The startup is already in the process of launching in other countries asides Nigeria. They have also received calls to launch in the United States of America. Buyers in the USA are seeking a more transparent process of procuring drugs. It is quite tough to find cost effective medication in the USA. Vivian believes if Medsaf can work in the Nigeria then they can adapt it to any other location.