The development challenge / challenge:
The development challenge / challenge: Cardiovascular diseases kill about 17 million people annually. They represent actually 22% of the total mortality rate in the world. This high mortality is mainly due to the lack of financial resources and the high cost of cardiac examinations (50 USD/exam in Cameroon). Indeed, according to United Nations(UN) statistics, 70% of the population in Africa live with less 10 USD per day, the low income of a large part of Africans does not always allow them to pay frequently for their examination fees. This increases the risk of cardiovascular accident.
In 2012, Arthur ZANG, a Cameroonian engineer invented the Cardio-pad, the world first medical tablet for heart exams and telemedicine, which helps to perform ECG exam in village and collect remote diagnosis using data transmission over mobile phone network. To improve healthcare for people with low incomes and who suffer from heart diseases, we have designed a program called AFRICA CARDIAC CARE. It is a program that facilitates access to heart exams for poor people in Africa. The program allows those who subscribe, to benefit from complete and unlimited electrocardiogram, blood pressure, and glycaemia examinations annually, paying only 48 USD per year.
Himore Medical S.A is a medical devices manufacturing company. It was founded in 2014 by Arthur ZANG. Through our products and services, hospitals are provided the technology that helps in patient’ cost-effective health services regardless their place of residence.
Himore Medical currently, provide medical equipment mostly the Cardio-Pad , in many developing countries , especially in Cameroon where we are based. Currently, there are more than fifty-two (52) hospitals in the world where the Cardio-Pad is use to perform ECG on patients.
In Cameroon, we work with more than 10 hospitals to follow patients with heart diseases and for organizing medical campaigns for detecting heart attacks. Last year’s we did a campaign against cardiovascular diseases, the campaign took place in the University of Yaoundé I, and 600 ECG exams have been performed in 3 days. Currently, cardiac examinations are carried out in six (06) hospitals in Yaoundé (capital of Cameroon) that host the cardiac care program.
Objective and added value of the intervention:
Our long-term goal is to implement the Unlimited Cardiac Testing service in all African countries. In Cameroon we want to be present in 200 hospitals by 2022 and with more than 50,000 new people enrolled in our program per year, which will enable us to capture 5 % of the population suffering from heart diseases in Cameroon each year.
Proposed Investment and Impact :
With the project we aim to create 155 jobs for the next 2 years, and to finance free cardiac exams for 20,000 people per year, to build an electrodes factory to reduce the cost of manufacturing the Cardio-Pad in Africa. This program will also allow us to finance the Research and development for next 4 years in order to build more devices like the cardio-pad.
Sustainability / Output Strategy :
Our long-term goal is to implement the Unlimited Cardiac Testing service in all African countries. In Cameroon we want to be present in 200 hospitals by 2022 and with more than 50,000 new people enrolled in our program per year, which will enable us to capture 5% of the heart disease market in Cameroon each year.
Visibility and brand image:
Himore Medical's Cardio Pad, already has a high visibility, appearing on several local and foreign TV like National Geographic and BBC. It Also received several prizes such as The Rolex awards for enterprises in 2014 , and the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation in 2016.