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Innovations in Digitizing Health Supply Chains in Africa

The first pan-African landscape of innovators leveraging technology to foster resilient health supply chains across Africa, to improve health outcomes.
Nearly

350 innovators

were revealed in the first ever pan-African landscape assessment of innovators digitizing African health supply chains. Innovators are headquartered across 27 African countries, with a concentration in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Egypt.

Innovators digitizing health supply chains in Africa operate across five major supply chain process categories.

Enabling consumers to access and purchase health products through digital channels.

Enabling pharmacies, clinics and hospitals to track, manage, restock and finance inventory.

Enabling manufacturers to protect product movement along supply chains.

Enabling providers and governments to efficiently distribute health products.

Enabling providers, manufacturers and governments to leverage data for supply chain management.

25% of innovators operate in more than one category

Nearly 50 partnerships appear to have been established to provide governments with tech-enabled supply chain solutions.

“There is a groundswell of interest in terms of working with the private sector for health supply chain systems.”

– Director, government medicines distribution agency

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Supply Chain Process category
Direct distribution to consumers

Processes that enable consumers to access and purchase health products through digital channels, including online pharmacy operations, telemedicine with product delivery and access pricing.

Key Insights Summary

Nearly 200 innovators offering direct distribution to consumer solutions are active across the continent, with most headquartered in Africa. While this category has captured $1.6 billion in external funding (representing 62% of all funding for African supply chain startups over time), most of this was captured by e-commerce giants who carry a very limited number of over-the-counter health products. Most online pharmacy innovators operate at smaller scale, with lower funding amounts.

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Supply Chain Process category
Order and inventory management

Processes that enable providers to restock, track and/or finance inventory through digital marketplaces, inventory management and inventory financing solutions.

Key Insights Summary

Over 100 innovators in Order and Inventory Management exist, most are headquartered on the continent serving providers and governments. 14 innovators – the most of any category in our research – appear to have partnerships to serve governments. In spite of their prevalence, these innovators have raised only 9% of the total funding for supply chain innovations over time.

Company Examples
Supply Chain Process category
Product protection and visibility

Processes that enable manufacturers to protect product movement along supply chains through counterfeit drug detection and track and trace solutions.

Key Insights Summary

Fewer than 10 innovators are operating in product protection and visibility across the continent. Several operate at large scale, serving multiple manufacturers and governments; a few entrants are gaining speed, rapidly achieving national and international scale-up powered by increased interest in traceability.

Company Examples
Supply Chain Process category
Transport, warehousing, and reverse logistics

Processes that enable providers and governments to efficiently distribute health products to and from health facilities through cold-chain transport, tech enabled logistics and medical drone delivery solutions. It also includes reverse logistics solutions enabling the collection, management, and disposal of medical waste at health facilities.

Key Insights Summary

Twenty-two innovators in transport, warehousing, and reverse logistics operate across the continent, and medical drone delivery companies headquartered outside of Africa make up nearly half the companies in this category. Their operations have attracted funding to this area, which has captured 28% of all funding to healthcare supply chain innovations over time.

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Supply Chain Process category
Data analytics

Processes that enable providers, manufacturers, and governments to efficiently manage demand planning, and better understand consumer consumption trends.

Key Insights Summary

Fewer than 10 innovators are focused primarily on data analytics for healthcare supply chains. Most innovators in this category are headquartered on the continent, at the nascent stage, and have raised very few funds.

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