Ada Health, a useful symptom-checking application created by Berlin-based healthtech company, is now the first health app to be launched in Swahili, a language spoken by more than 100 million people across East Africa in countries like Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda.
Dr. Nahya Salim, head of pediatrics in Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania said, “Ada will strongly support access to appropriate health care, thus improving health seeking behaviours. The health system of Tanzania is like a pyramid, on top of which the lower levels are overwhelmed with a significant number of patients and minimal resources. Accessibility, weak communication and not being able to pay are key contributors to the delay in seeking health care. Ensuring a functional Ada health app in Swahili, the language widely spoken all over Tanzania, will accelerate appropriate and timely health seeking behaviour, maximizing access to health care.”