Sanlam strikes medicine deal with MYDAWA


MyDawa founder Neil O’Leary (right) with ION Kenya operations manager Daniella Munene (centre) and managing director Tony Wood during the launch of MyDawa on March 28, 2017. FILE PHOTO | NMG

E-health platform MYDAWA has partnered with Sanlam General Insurance to enable policy holders get authentic medicine and wellness products.

The partnership is targeted at curbing insurance fraud experienced by customers and insurance providers. The deal is also expected to shield service providers from incurring losses.

MYDAWA Managing Director, Tony Wood noted that the collaboration “is a huge step” towards achieving better health outcomes for all.

“It creates an opportunity for growth that will facilitate for both higher profitability and stronger customer relations,” he said.

Aside from their medical cover lasting longer, policy holders will also benefit from a MYDAWA medical call centre.

“By leveraging on the platform provided by MYDAWA, we continue to deliver value to our customers by meeting their emerging needs in this era of the Internet of Things (IOT),” said Sanlam Kenya acting chief executive George Kuria.

MYDAWA was unveiled in the Kenyan market a month ago by private equity (PE) firm Ion Equity.

The Irish firm invested $5 million (Sh510 million) and partnered with pharmacies to deliver medicines to buyers who place orders for drugs through the web portal.

At the time of it’s unveiling, the e-health platform had already signed up 113 pharmacies in Nairobi and secured 12 products from manufacturers it has partnered with.