December is Focus on Africa’s Women Healthpreneurs. Every month at Lionesses of Africa, we shine a spotlight on a particular industry sector where Africa’s women entrepreneurs are making a real impact, through their businesses, their innovation, their products, services and craftsmanship, and their passion for what they do. This month (December), we are turning our attention to the women who are tackling the continent's significant health challenges through their businesses, their innovations, and their social health enterprises.
All this month at Lionesses of Africa, we are featuring some of the leading women pioneers in Africa’s health and wellbeing industries. They are not only building successful companies and social enterprises, but they are also finding solutions to many of the health challenges that are plaguing Africa today.
Here are just some of the African women healthpreneurs who are inspiring us this month.
Take for example, Jacqueline Kiage, a social healthpreneur with a vision to tackle the issue of preventable blindness in rural Kenya through her company, Innovation Eye Centre; or Chantal Du Chenne, a South African entrepreneur looking to revolutionise access to primary healthcare and chronic disease management for the medically uninsured across Africa with her new startup company, mHealthCo; or Dr Ola Orekunrin, founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, and the pioneer behind West Africa’s first air ambulance service providing urgent helicopter, airplane ambulance and evacuation services for critically injured people; or Brenda Katwesigye, co-founder of InstaHealth in Uganda, a health-tech company providing vital access to health information at the swipe of a smartphone screen. The company’s new mobile app instantly connects users to health centres, medical specialists and ambulance services, using simple technology that ordinary people in Uganda can use; or Lebogang Selloane who is a Diagnostic Radiography graduate who is currently pursuing her MBA and has just developed an award-winning onsite mobile X-ray services business called Visionary X-rays, providing onsite mobile tuberculosis (TB) screening services in South Africa; or Masego Mohajane, founder of M-Squared Medical in South Africa, and passionate about medical engineering and making her mark in the industry. Her company specialises in medical equipment sales and maintenance, medical consumables sales and medical equipment rentals; and finally, Anne Nduati, a Kenyan social entrepreneur looking to raise greater awareness of the sleep disorder Narcolepsy through her organisation Narcolepsy Awareness Kenya.
The stories of these, and many more leading African women healthpreneurs like them, will be featured this month. To kick-start our special focus month, we are featuring nine of our favourite African women food and drinks entrepreneurs. Read their startup stories below and be inspired.
At Lionesses of Africa, we also encourage everyone visiting our website and social media platforms to nominate those African Women healthpreneurs from around the continent that inspire them, and we will happily profile them during the coming weeks. Click here to make your nomination. Our month-long Focus on African Women healthpreneurs is all about showcasing the best and most inspirational women working and building businesses in these highly competitive industry sectors in Africa, so be part of the process and make a difference to a woman healthpreneur that inspires you.