Fondation Pierre Fabre

Guaranteeing all the right to quality care, thanks to easy and equitable access to care services

Main beneficiary country:

About the sponsor

KEA Medicals

KEA Medicals Pharmaceuticals and Technologies is a start-up from the Republic of Benin (West Africa), which aims to interconnect African hospitals by digitally centralizing all health services, thanks to the Universal Medical ID of patients.

Sector: Industrial: Startups, enterprises, etc.

Country of origin: Benin

The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service providers

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Primary healthcare
  • Emergency services

Stage of development:

  • Pilot project/testing/trials

Area where initiative is utilised

  • National (in one country only)

Initiative start date

  • 01/01/2017


Financing method

  • Public (grant/subsidies, call for proposals/call for tender, etc.)
  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)
  • Government agency (i.e AFD, USAID, etc.)
  • Intergovernmental or international agency

Economic model(s)

  • Income generated by beneficiaries
  • Revenue generated by the beneficiaries/healthcare facilities
  • Advertising
  • Sales of data analysis

About the initiative

In Africa, there is a certain disconnect between hospitals and doctors with regard to patients’ medical history. The attending physician has difficulty providing comprehensive care, or acting quickly in case of emergency. This situation is due to a lack of information and can sometimes require the repetition of certain exploration procedures, which increases health costs for the patient.

The establishment of a system of universal medical identification of patients is a major step forward that paves the way for the establishment of a microinsurance system for disadvantaged people. Health insurance is accessible only by a minority of the African population, which marginalizes 80% of the population. Rising health costs are one factor in maintaining the state of household poverty.

Keamedical is an electronic health platform that manages a patient's electronic medical record via its Universal Medical ID (UMID), which allows for interconnection between different hospitals regarding the patient's medical information, and therefore a sharing of medical information relating to each patient. Patients create their UMID account on the platform by providing basic information such as identity, allergies, chronic diseases, blood group, next of kin contact details to use in case of emergency etc. After registration, each patient receives their UMID identification code, which is a QR code printed on different media (e.g. bracelets, patches, cards) with the patient's name and emergency contact. Thus, when the patient goes to any hospital, the doctor just has to scan their QR Code and trace their medical history in order to provide appropriate care even when the patient is unconscious.The goal is to ensure proper care for everyone in Africa, especially the disadvantaged, by making health services affordable and easily accessible through digital and health-friendly artificial intelligence. KEA Medicals aims to:

1 - Facilitate the connection between patients and doctors and carers in Africa, through the interconnection of thousands of African hospitals;

2 - Facilitate medical transactions;

3 - Facilitate access to medical insurance, thanks to the development of microinsurance.

KEA Medicals, through its eHealth hub, wants to help evolve medical practices and healthcare delivery processes by offering every physician in Africa the opportunity to become an independent medical entrepreneur, notably with an online consultation platform. It is also about establishing a network of digital health care providers, and facilitating access to better quality health care for everyone in African, regardless of their location in relation to large cities.

Fields of application:

Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations) - Patient monitoring and medical data - Financial access to care, microinsurance

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)
  • Entire population

Initiative objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Improved treatment
  • Make quality care accessible to all

Key figures

8500 Number of beneficiaries since launch

700 Number of users per

Materials used

  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)
  • Internet
  • Geolocation
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation




Health: Healthcare professionals and structures


Health: Healthcare professionals and structures

Sociétés d'assurance

Industrial: Startups, enterprises, etc.


Health: Healthcare professionals and structures