Good morning good Nigerians and welcome to our Rebrand ambassador series. On today’s episode, we shall be showcasing a lady who has made a huge impact in Nigeria’s health sector.
Many people have died from consuming fake or substandard drugs. But how do medical institutions decipher the right sources for quality medications at fair prices?
Meet Vivian Nwakah, the Founder/CEO of Medsaf, a pharma tech start-up. Medsaf is a one-stop shop for healthcare stakeholders to purchase, manage, and track medications in complicated supply chains.
Medsaf was borne out of the need to give hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies access to high-quality medication from manufacturers at affordable costs, thereby reducing incidences of complications arising from fake or substandard drugs administered to patients. It is supposed to serve as a one-stop-shop for safe medications in Africa, helping health facilities to buy authentic drugs with ease.
Vivian Nwakah, was born and raised in the United States of America, though she schooled in other countries including Paris and China. She once recounted how she conceived the idea of Medsaf after losing her friend to fake medications during a 3-month internship in Nigeria.
Oddly, from her research, she got to understand that global manufacturers were afraid of sending their products to Nigeria because they did not want their brands compromised by counterfeits. This reluctance on their part gave counterfeit producers a lot of room to operate.
Vivian stayed back after her internship, determined to solve this problem. She quit her job in 2016 and pooled her savings. In January 2017, Medsaf was launched.
Medsaf stands as a middleman, verifying producers and manufacturers before listing their medications, and also verifying health facilities before allowing them to make any purchase. This ensures protection from both ends, leaving the end consumer better for it.
We are proud of Vivian’s great accomplishments in the health sector and we are honoured to celebrate her today as our Rebrand Nigeria Ambasssador.