[Interview] Kemi Ayinde, CEO, Healthpoint, Nigeria
Kemi Ayinde is co-founder and CEO of Heathpoint, a company making healthcare, through the use of technology, widely accessible and affordable in Nigeria. Located in Lekki, Lagos Nigeria, Healthpoint is co-founded by Samuel Akinniyi Ajiboyede.
Tell us about Healthpoint in Nigeria?
Healthpoint is a holistic health management solution aimed at promoting universal health coverage in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large. We are a health tech startup providing telehealth and health insurance plans at affordable monthly subscriptions.
Healthpoint is propelled towards achieving global health inclusiveness by making healthcare most easily accessible to everyone; whether young or old, male or female, sick or healthy; regardless of their socio-economic status. Our goal is to ensure that every human being has easy access to healthcare and medical attention when needed in such a way as not to deplete their finances. People should be able to access vaccinations, preventive care, medical treatment, medical advice, health tips, updates and information relevant to their lives and environment.
Our mission is to remove/reduce every excuse to being unable to access quality healthcare in our society, thereby lowering mortality rate and increase life expectancy.
Who are your clients?
We work with both corporate clients and individual clients.
How is Healthpoint funded?
We are only a few months old and we initially needed to perfect our product to fit the market which we have done successfully. We are at a point where we are ready to scale and are open to investment from venture capitalists and other investors. We have since been running on our personal seed capital.
What are your best selling points as a service provider?
Healthpoint is born out of the passion and the calling to make healthcare most easily accessible to everyone, young or old, rich or poor. We not only provide telehealth solutions to bring healthcare right in your fingertips, we also do financial intermediation for people and organizations who wish to acquire health cover plans for themselves, their families, and their teams but do not have the funds to, by buying these health plans in bulk, from HMOs and Health insurance underwriters, and providing it to them at affordable monthly rates (starting from as low as $2/month). This sets us aside from other players in the market.
How has the market so far responded to your services?
It has been very impressive so far. We have corporate clients who are still very excited about our monthly payment structure, our quick response time and our performance generally. Our numbers are growing very rapidly. We are also very encouraged by our individual clients who have gained trust in us and have overtime become evangelists of our services. We get feedback via phone calls and social media channels from people expressing their appreciation of our innovative solutions. We find this most encouraging.
What are the growth plans of the company?
Like I mentioned earlier, Healthpoint is aimed at promoting and achieving Health Inclusiveness in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. So we are looking forward to a point where we implement our innovative healthcare and health finance solutions that accommodates everyone from all social strata across the African continent to be able to easily access healthcare without having to deal with financial risks as a result. From Nigeria, we will be extending our reach to Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda and South Africa.
What is the latest news from Healthpoint?
We run an annual program that provides free health insurance cover for widows, orphans and the less privileged every year. This year our beneficiaries sprang from orphanages (Street Child Care & Welfare Initiative) and vulnerable children care homes (Child Life Line Organization) as well as widows in Nigeria (Jakins NGO, Centre for Community Youth Advocacy). Healthpoint is providing them free health insurance cover for a period of one year to cater for their medical consultations, treatments, tests, prescriptions and drugs and so much more.
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