#Startups4Good: Healthcare Startups Looking to Achieve SDGs

The United Nations released 17 Sustainable Development Goals to push our world towards a sustainable future. These ambitious goals focus on influencing the economic initiatives by individuals to be more impact driven. Here is the third installment of Impakter’s #Startups4Good series which focuses on those healthcare companies and startups actively trying to achieve the SDGs. #SDG3 goal is to greatly improve health conditions and well-being for all ages by 2030.

These innovative entrepreneurs, startups, and companies are here now and are trying to make this change.

TREP LABS

Trep Labs looks to improve health conditions by providing an inexpensive blood infusion monitor device called REALDRIP. This allows for more controlled and safer blood transfusions. Trep Labs was founded in Nigeria in 2018. Their REALDRIP device features a web application that records in real time the blood data of patients using the device. This means that there is a centralized area where both doctors and patients can look to for information on the patient’s health in regards to blood behavior.

Trep Labs is committed to SDG3 by improving access to good healthcare to the community around them. The current healthcare system situation in Nigeria is not the best: the nation’s doctor-patient ratio is 1:5100, one of the lowest in the world. Trep Labs is determined on changing this through their low-cost hardware devices and health technology.

In the Photo: A woman assisting another with a blood pressure monitor. Photo Credit: Unsplash Ezra

Ezra, also founded in 2018, provides early cancer-screening technology. The Ezra cancer screening utilizes proprietary MRI technologies to scan the full body for early signs of different types of cancers. These screenings can be scheduled through a call and are done in person. They are non-invasive, only lasting an hour at most, and will allow you to continue with everyday activities after. Once the comprehensive results are analyzed by radiologists, the patient is notified and receives future recommendations on their health.

Ezra looks to improve the health condition by alerting people of cancer at early stages. 18.1 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year: half of them being diagnosed late. Patients who are able to detect their cancer early are much more likely to survive than those who find out late.

While these screening examinations can be costly, Ezra also provides affordable pricing plans to give healthcare access to many. By providing advanced early-screening exams through AI, Ezra is truly able to support SDG3.

In the Photo: Healthcare technology in a hospital. Photo Credit: Unsplash

SnapClarity

Based in Canada, SnapClarity looks to improve access to mental health resources. It is essentially a mobile application that allows users to privately chat with accredited therapists directly on the app. SnapClarity also provides a self-reflection quiz from which the user can assess themselves for mental health therapy strategies As Canada’s healthcare system often features long wait times, having access to therapists and mental health resources directly through the phone is significant.


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SnapClarity also draws therapists and employers to the application as well. Therapists are free to set their hours on their app to be as flexible as they want. They also incur in less operational costs since appointments happen through the app rather than in an office. SnapClarity also provides employers the option to join and provide their employees with unlimited access to their app. Companies can draw in employees by having this service as an effective benefit.

They can also ensure they are fitted with the right resources to improve the mental well-being of their employees and effectively do work for the company. SnapClarity clearly supports and provides greater access to mental healthcare and therefore directly aligns with SDG3.

In the Photo: A distressed woman hold up a drawing of a smile. Photo Credit: UnsplashMDaaS Global

MDaas Global supports SDG3 by constructing and running diagnostic centers in underserved areas, starting with communities around Nigeria. Under the brand name BeaconHealth, these centers provide diagnostic services like cardiology and radiology while their labs handle additional services. In this way, these disadvantaged communities can engage in diagnostic and preventative care. This allows for better access to quality health for these people.

As specifically identified in SDG3’s set of targets, the UN hopes that we can eradicate the malaria epidemic by 2030. BeaconHealth services includes include malaria tests so that patients can detect malaria early on and deal with it. Patients can also easily book appointments at the diagnostic centers through Whatsapp making their health services even more accessible.

In the Photo: A happy, healthy young man in Lagos, Nigeria. Photo Credit: UnsplashHere we can see that how recently founded startups are encouraging better health conditions and an improved well-being for the people in their target communities. In the process of trying to make money, these innovative solutions create social change at the same time. This includes even ambitious objectives like the UN’s #SDG3 of greatly improving health conditions and well-being for all ages by 2030.

Check back next week for more #Startups4Good ! The real game changers of our world.

In the Cover Photo: A diagram of the human anatomy. Photo Credit: Unsplash


EDITOR’S NOTE: The opinions expressed here by Impakter.com columnists are their own, not those of Impakter.com. 

About the Author /

Armaan Sengupta is an incoming Junior at Harvard University studying Computer Science. He is interested in technology, entrepreneurship, and venture capital which are the main focuses of most of his work.

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