Kenyan startup Xetova shortlisted for MIT fund

KENYA – Kenyan technology start-up company Xetova has been named as 2020 health security and pandemic finalist by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

 Xetova is the only African technology innovation finalist under the theme of health security and pandemic.

Xetova said its genuine Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform can support preparedness, resource mobilization and procurement action in Africa’s health security sector, putting it at the forefront of sharing KShs 2.5 billion (US$ 25 million) fund from MIT.

“Aso simply is an artificial intelligence driven platform that has the capability of predicting disease pattern and what will be required to manage certain diseases for instance COVID 19, malaria, HIV and then working backwards in terms of what procurement decisions need to happen to make sure that the people who are dependent on the public healthcare have access to these things on time, says Bramwel Mwalo, the CEO of Xetova”.

In a continent plagued by supply chain inefficiencies, the start-up says that using artificial intelligence to establish trends using data on how ordering is done, buying and payment behaviours can help bring savings by both public and private organizations.

So far, Xetova has partnered on a pilot basis with KEMSA to boost system efficiencies and to hold suppliers accountable.

“Providing and building solutions for the entire spectrum of these key procurement entities that can actually by virtual adopting certain tools, it can actually have an impact to everyone across the spectrum of the economy” he added.

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