[Made in Océan Indien] OSCADI, Sam’Salama, Torskal, these start-ups that are moving the health sector in the Indian Ocean!
Three startups… two are from Reunion Island and one is from Madagascar. They have the merit of being talked about for some time. Specialized in their own way in the health sector, we present OSCADI, Torskal and Sam’Salama!
Oscadi and its connected ultrasound machine for urgent consultations
Located in Bras-Panon, on Reunion Island, Oscadi, a startup specializing in scientific and medical imaging, presented its revolutionary application for the first time in 2014. Called Oscult, it allows doctors to perform and transmit live emergency ultrasounds. Thanks to the improvements made over the months by its designers, this first of its kind can be used on iPad Air. Thought to advance medicine, the creation of Oscadi brings together everything that hitherto lacked in the field of ultrasound: lightness, transportability, autonomy, connectivity. Doctors, gynecologists or veterinarians working at isolated sites can now perform examinations and exchange information, diagnoses or advanced follow-ups, remotely.
Best of all, Oscult can be used by people who are not specialized in medical imaging. Described as a “manipulator-dependent” tool, Oscult’s vocation is: to assist the practitioner in his vital diagnosis, but also to enlighten him in his gesture and his decision. Ultrasound is now part of the world of telemedicine, thanks to 3G-4G / Wifi connectivity and real-time diagnostic assistance!
Torskal, startup specializing in nanomedicine
Torskal was created in 2015 under the leadership of Anne-Laure Morel. The Reunionese entrepreneur-scientist fights cancer thanks to the fusion of nanoparticles with the biodiversity of her island. For example, Torskal designs molecules from local bios resources. Once obtained, they complement existing cancer treatments, making chemotherapy less restrictive.
Oscadi and Torskal are perfect examples of the extraordinary potential of French overseas territories in the e-health sector. Depositary of the French Tech label since 2016, Reunion is innovating by concretely putting digital at the service of health. Thus, in 2002, the island created a structure intended to link all local e-health projects. Called TESIS, it is a health cooperation group, present on the territory to improve coordination between health professionals.
Sam’Salama, a startup that democratizes health insurance in Madagascar
In the collective spirit, Madagascar is still struggling to develop today, to equip itself with the necessary infrastructure for many essential areas such as health. In Madagascar, health pays off, which prevents a large part of the population from getting proper treatment, since no support is provided. It was before such a situation that was born Sam’Salama, a startup specially dedicated to those people who have the right to treatment, but not the means.
Sam’Salama was co-founded by Aina Andremanisa and Fanilo Randrianarizay. The concept was developed expressly for Malagasy people excluded from the health sector and without cover to compensate for expenses. Aina Andremanisa explains that “Sam’Salama aims to provide a social protection solution to the self-employed and more broadly to anyone who is today excluded from the traditional insurance system. The key words of the project are simplicity, accessibility and adaptability ”.
Portrait of Aina Andremanisa and Fanilo Randrianarizay
Aina Andremanisa, 25, from Madagascar, is a health expert. A graduate in political science, with a master’s degree in international development, she also has a specialized master’s degree in public health.
Fanilo Randrianarizay is an insurance actuary. At 27, she is responsible for the risk analysis within Sam’Salama.
Alarmed by “by the health situation of the Malagasy population, and more generally of the African population”, the two women want to make their “contribution to the resolution of these care gaps”.
Thanks to a simple operation, all Malagasy can access Sam’Salama!
Sam’Salama operates a conventional health plan, since it allows its members to choose the formula suited to their needs and their financial capacities. By choosing this health insurance, members have several formulas and levels of guarantee.
Financially, the cover formulas start at 0.40 euros to a maximum of 2.50 euros per person per month. For the sake of democratization, Sam’Salama allows its members to pay their membership fees by mobile payment. Better yet, so that beneficiaries do not have to advance health costs, the startup has signed partnerships with institutions.
Microinsurance, a promising sector in Africa
In recent years, the microinsurance sector has been gaining momentum in African countries. There are many startups to see the light of day, despite an unstable economic context. The example of Aina Andremanisa and Fanilo Randrianarizay shows that e-health is a sector that deserves attention!