Green Templeton MBA student in Top 30 under 30 Africa
Diana was recognized for cofounding Checkups Medical Centre in Kenya, a group of low-cost clinics that emphasizes rapid outpatient care. The clinics utilize in-house technology to provide rapid booking of consultation and last-mile distribution of drugs through its concierge drug delivery services in both urban and rural areas.
“As Africans, we have the potential and ability to resolve our own problems. We don’t have to wait for foreign aid,” she said of the award.
Like most medical students, Diana joined the medical school with the hopes of going on to specialize in a clinical field. As she was introduced to the healthcare the system she decided to venture into administration and health communication serving as a health columnist in The Standard and The Star, two Nairobi-based newspapers
“I practiced journalism to help bridge the gap in communication that exists in the system between policymakers, administrators and the consumers of healthcare- the patients,” Wangari explained.
In 2016, she co-founded Sagitarix, a digital platform that facilitates the direct distribution of drugs to those most in need, with a focus on patients with chronic diseases. The company launched an app called iSikCure, which allows patients to place orders for drugs and receive them the same day.
“Entrepreneurship is becoming a generational calling. Increasingly, health professionals are taking charge, as they know the situation best. If Kenya is to achieve Universal Health Coverage as the government plans, it calls for a fundamental change in medical professionals committed to lead and take the risk,” said Wangari who was also recently named as one of Kenya’s Top 40 under 40 women in Africa.
Now in their fifth year, the Forbes awards seek to recognize innovators and entrepreneurs across Africa who seek to bring change to the continent.
Congratulations to Dr Wangari!