Fondation Pierre Fabre

Development of a platform to put patients in contact with healthcare professionals/establishments

Main beneficiary countries:
Congo - Kinshasa - Gabon - Congo - Brazzaville - Cameroon

About the sponsor


WapiMED SARL is a Congolese start-up (DR Congo) founded in April 2016 and based in Kinshasa. The start-up was founded by two Congolese entrepreneurs: José Zefu Kimpalou and Steve Nkashama. As it was being founded, WapiMED SARL released the WapiMED web application, the first ever location directory dedicated entirely to healthcare professionals in the DRC. In late 2016, two Congolese developers, Urey Mutuale and Norby Baruani, joined the start-up to accelerate the development of additional solutions and services for the WapiMED web app, in an effort to form a multi-service platform dedicated to e-health.

Sector: Industrial: Startups, enterprises, etc.

Country of origin: Congo - Kinshasa

The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service provider

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Access to quality medicines/pharmacies

Stage of development:

  • Routine project/operational

Area where initiative is utilised

  • International (in several countries)

Initiative start date

  • 03/28/2016


Financing method

  • Equity capital

Economic model(s)

About the initiative

The idea behind WapiMED was make healthcare professionals more accessible to communities in Sub-Saharan Africa through new ICT and greater mobile internet coverage in a region subject to “medical desertification” (not enough healthcare staff to deliver sufficient care to local communities).

The added value of the solution is as follows: • Find the nearest healthcare professionals in just a few click. • Make an appointment. • Find out how to get to the professional’s address using GPS. • Gain an insight into what other patients think of the healthcare professional. • Find additional information that may inform users’ choices (opening times, specialisms treated, costs, etc.).

To date, competition is limited to basic directories that do not show how far away a doctor, hospital, of pharmacy is, and do not offer route suggestions for getting there or any additional information.

La concurrence à ce jour se limite à des annuaires basiques qui ne permettent pas déterminer la distance par rapport à un médecin, un hôpital ou une pharmacie, ne proposent pas l’itinéraire ou d’informations complémentaires.

The initial offering, WapiMED, is made up of a cross-platform web app (computer, tablet, smartphone) that combined the following intuitive features: 1. GPS location of the user and directory of healthcare professionals/establishments, sorted by distance from the user’s position. 2. Various advanced filter (selection) criteria so that user’s can quickly find what they need (specialism, specific location, search radius, etc.). 3. Click-To-Call feature to make it easier to get in touch. 4. Useful information (alternative phone numbers, visiting hours, specialisms treated, costs, etc.) when available. 5. Healthcare professional rating system (governed by our terms and conditions). 6. Automatic route suggestion (Google Maps API) from user location.

Fields of application:

- Bringing patients and healthcare professionals/establishments into contact

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)
  • Sick people
  • Pregnant women
  • Children - adolescents (ages 6-18)
  • Young children (0-5 years)
  • Patient family/entourage

Initiative objectives

  • Improved treatment
  • Improving user access to quality care

Key figures

28000 Number of beneficiaries since launch

3100 Number of users per Month

Materials used

  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Internet
  • Geolocation
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation