Equitable Health Systems



Inclusive, sustainable healthcare access for vulnerable, remote groups in conflict-affected countries through a novel telehealth service.

Team Lead

Emtithal Mahmoud

Solution Pitch

The Problem

Sudan's health system is on the brink of collapse following years of conflict, with millions lacking healthcare access. Globally, healthcare inequalities mirror and exacerbate social, racial, gendered, and economic inequities and shape the daily realities of two billion people who live in conflict zones.

The Solution

Speetar is a digital health ecosystem that provides accessible, affordable, quality healthcare in adverse conditions and creates centralized health data to protect increasingly mobile populations. Speetar helps limit exposure and provide quality care at a lower cost both on the patients’ end and at the point of care, thereby alleviating some of the strain health systems face in conflict-affected areas in an innovative way. The pilot implementation in Libya showed tremendous success with Speetar and the solution’s next goal is to implement in Sudan as it has a similar country profile, pronounced need, and regional proximity.


  • 1.8 million users 

Market Opportunity

Speetar is an ecosystem that powers care by connecting the dots between doctors and patients, hospitals and governments, doctors and NGOs, and provider networks and businesses. A mission-first company, Speetar is tailored towards low-income households in rural or marginalized communities.

Organization Highlights

Knowledge and Media Partners

Speetar is provided with financial and in-kind support by:

  • Harvard Social Innovation and Change Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, Supported

  • Harvard Innovation Labs / Centre for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School

  • MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund

  • MIT Legatum Center

  • Echoing Green

  • Aspen Institute

  • UNDP Chief Digital Office

  • Libyana (major Libyan phone provider)

National/local implementation partners:

  • Ministry of Health is a close partner of Speetar, working to implement digital health/telehealth infrastructure in Libya

  • Established partnership with leadership of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) partnership for technology collaboration, database management and infrastructure support; ongoing discussion regarding implementation of vaccination passports project

  • Established partnership with Centre for Healthcare Reform to co-develop Libya’s national health registry and Health ID number system

  • Established pilot project partnership with Libyan National Center for Diabetes and Endocrinoloy (NCDE) to provide digital healthcare to 300 patients, with plans to expand services for all 100,000+ beneficiaries of the NCDE

  • Established partnership with Libyan Medical Provider Syndicate to build an electronic registry of all healthcare providers in Libya providing access points to a national network

  • The Faculty of Medicine in the University of Tripoli is the largest medical institution in Libya. The Faculty of Medicine partnered with and signed an agreement with Speetar to provide training for medical students through Speetar’s Academy and certification process, digitize the medical curriculum, e.g., recording lectures, and onboard medical students to Speetar’s telemedicine platform. Having cohorts of medical doctors trained to become capable telemedicine providers, guarantees an ongoing pipeline of medical talent, ensuring that Libyans have access to healthcare.

Partnership Goals

Speetar seeks:

  • Support with the review of pitch materials in the lead-up to the upcoming pre-Series A funding round.

Organization Type: Hybrid of for-profit and nonprofit

Headquarters: Libya

Stage: Growth

Working In: Libya

Current Employees: 49

Solution Website: www.speetar.com

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