NIGERIA – Nigerian health technology startups Blueroomcare and Babymigo are improving the Africa’s health space by providing telemedicine technologies to key markets at a time when health innovation is on the rise on the continent.

Disrupt Africa recently announced that Nigeria’s Blueroomcare has launched an online platform that makes it easy for users to speak to licensed therapists in a timely way at a reduced price.

Blueroomcare was launched in 2021 by Moses Aiyenuro to allow clients to communicate with therapists via in-app messaging, videos and voice messages.

Grant-funded until now, Blueroomcare has established a number of key partnerships to help it scale. The Nigerian startup hopes to hit 1,000 users by the end of the year.

Blueroomcare Founder Moses Aiyenuro said that the startup has a secure online platform to help people facing life’s challenges by providing easy, affordable and private access to professional counselling.

Nigeria is in a mental health crisis. One in four Nigerians suffer from mental illness but help is hampered by tight budgets and a lack of skilled staff,” Aiyenuro, the startup’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) told Disrupt Africa.

He reaffirmed that Blueroomcare aims to make mental health care more accessible while providing care that is effective and affordable to the common Nigerian, noting that said its focus will be on Nigeria for the foreseeable future.

Moses Aiyenuro further said that with the stigma attached to mental health and the scarcity of mental health professionals and the high cost of treatment, it is practically impossible to access care in a timely way.

At the same time, Disrupt Africa reported that Nigerian startup Babymigo is providing access to expert-led health information and hyperlocal childcare services to pregnant women and parents via SMS, app and web.

Formed in 2018 by Kemi Olawoye and Adeloye Olanrewaju, Babymigo allows users to ask questions and get answers quickly, from other users and verified medical practitioners, and supports chat features which allows users to interact directly with experts in the field.

We also offer a range of products for mums, including Mamacare, a maternity care plan; Bloomcare, a digital family and women’s health clinic; and Classes by Babymigo, for new parents to get ready for labour, birth, caring for a new-born and parenting,” Olawoye told Disrupt Africa.

The online platform targets women at different stages of their pregnancy and parenting journey to empower, equip and provide them with tools and resources that improve maternal and child health outcomes.

Furthermore, users can access over 20 community groups specific to interest areas, filter for specific discussions and search for users or mothers within a particular age group or location while allowing them to book to attend various events and pregnancy classes.

We have raised our pre-seed and been recognised by the Google Black Founders Fund for Africa, the Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme, the US Department of State’s GIST Outstanding Women Entrepreneur award, and the AXA FemTech Accelerator Programme, among several others .

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