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Kemsa chief executive Jonah Manjari. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) has told Parliament that strikes by medical personnel led to expired drugs whose value is estimated at Sh252 million in the 2016/17.

According to Kemsa chief executive Jonah Manjari, the strikes weakened demand, leading to the huge heap of rotting supplies. He has a point because some drugs are prescription-only types that require observation by doctors to be dispensed.

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However, Kemsa ought to put its house in order and ensure that when such eventualities like strikes hit hospitals and other medical facilities, the losses can be reduced using the acceptable methods, according to the law. Again, the authority needs to explain why it was holding such a haul while the drugs would have been rotting at the hospitals, not within Kemsa premises.

Indeed, if there was seamless supplying, one episode of strike would not leave such a big loss, knowing that drugs take years to go bad.

It is disheartening when medicines estimated at hundreds of millions are reported to have expired while the public has, for many years, complained about a shortage of drugs, pushing them to resort to private facilities at exorbitant rates. Whichever way the government looks at it, such a loss is untenable.



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Lami Technologies closes $1.8 million seed funding to accelerate growth of digital insurance in Africa

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NAIROBI, Kenya May 5 – Lami Technologies, a Kenyan insurance technology (insurtech) company that aims to democratize insurance products and services for low-income Kenyans, announced today it has raised $1.8 million in seed funding.

The round was led by Accion Venture Lab’s seed-stage investment initiative that provides capital and extensive support to innovative fintech startups that are improving the reach, quality, and affordability of financial services for the underserved.

Founded by Jihan Abass in 2018, Lami is a digital insurance platform that enables partner businesses – including banks, tech companies, and other entities to easily and seamlessly offer digital insurance products to their users via its API. Lami can also be used by partner businesses to manage their own insurance needs.

Lami connects partner organizations, such as e-commerce platform Jumia, with underwriters and allows them to offer a superior customer journey. Through its API, users can get a quotation for motor, medical, or other tailored insurance products in seconds, then customize the benefits and adjust the premium to suit their needs, get their policy documents instantly, and claims are paid in record time.

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Lami’s services are enabled by its flexible insurance rating engine and direct integration with several parties and insurance companies. Lami co-designs innovative products with its underwriting partners to enable businesses to offer unique insurance products to their underlying customer base, with flexible options that meet their needs and cash flows, such as monthly medical policies for startup employees.

Jihan Abass, CEO, Lami, said: “This funding will allow us to invest in hiring more people, improving our technology, and growing our presence across Africa as we can continue to address the persistent insurance gap. At Lami, our vision is to help improve the financial resilience of millions by making insurance products more accessible and affordable for underserved populations. By enabling our business partners to offer customized insurance solutions, we are helping them provide more value to their customers, while enabling large volumes of users to access insurance, often for the first time.”

Africa’s insurance market currently stands at a 3 percent penetration rate, expect for South Africa, and is facing modernization and innovation challenges. Most insurance providers on the continent fail to offer flexible, affordable and tailored insurance coverage that can provide a safety net for the African consumer. Low insurance uptake is partly due to the traditional distribution and administration of policies, which mainly still relies on brick-and-mortar channels where policies are sold and processed.

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