Four Ugandan Young Entrepreneurs Team Up to Expand Financial Access to Healthcare in Uganda

Posted on May 13, 2022
By Sean Musa Carter
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Douglas Smith, Mercy Ashaba, Emmanuel Twesigye & Danson Nahabwe teamed up to launch Peleyta Health a healthtech startup on a mission to help uninsured low & middle income earners prepare for & afford quality healthcare anywhere at all times through their digital healthcare micro savings & lending platform.

In a country where majority struggle with high pocket expenditure for healthcare and insurance penetration standing at only 1% leaving over 42 million Ugandans un-insured, the four young entrepreneurs believe this the most painful problem to solve.

“Over 40 million Ugandans are caught off guard due to unpreparedness to meet medical bills”—says Emmanuel Twesigye a passionate young entrepreneur with massive experience in the credit industry & also cofounder/CEO at Everlend.

In 2021 Daily monitor ran a story of a pregnant woman Anita Mushieimana who walked to Kitwe Health Centre IV (Ntungamo district) to give birth, upon reaching at the health centre, she delivered at the gate because she failed to pay UGX 50,000 to let her into the delivery Ward. This is where the Peleyta Health founders drive their motivation from.

“Our belief is that No one should struggle financially to receive healthcare.”—says Douglas team lead at Peleyta who also runs a very successful startup sportrise and with a great experience in the healthcare industry.

Uganda with a population of over 45 million people is the only country in East Africa without a National Healthcare insurance scheme.

Peleyta Health enables the uninsured low and middle income earners to save as low as UGx500/= cumulatively dedicated for healthcare.

“With Peleyta Health, You can use your saved funds to clear medical bills or buy medicine in our registered healthcare facilities. Your saved funds can also earn interest. And in situations where a medical bill is larger than your saved funds, we can top up for you & you Pe-ley-ta(Pay later) in installments.”—explains MacDanson the Chief Technology Officer at Peleyta. MacDanson is also known for developing popular Clinic/Hospital information management software - Clinic Plus with his team at Nugsoft Technologies helping thousands of clinics and hospitals digitize their operations.

At the moment, Peleyta services can be accessed on their website with internet and the team looks forward to extending their services off internet with mobile money in the near future.

Peleyta Health also enables their users to connect instantly with a 24x7 specialist or choose to video visit a particular doctor.

“We also have have an option where you can start an instant consultation within 2 minutes or do video consultation with a doctor at a scheduled time. You can also get a valid digital prescription and a 7-day, free follow-up for further clarifications.”- Explains further Dr. Mercy Ashaba a speech therapist at Case Clinic Kampala &  also running a successful startup Mimona.

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