The Care Economy



An AI-powered health platform democratizing access to health care through community health workers.

Team Lead

Tafadzwa Munzwa

Solution Pitch

The Problem

Community health workers, an important bridge of last-mile health support in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), are undervalued. Most are underpaid or not compensated at all. Many care workers in LMIC have limited upskilling and certification opportunities to adequately serve their communities. Maternal and child care services are still inaccessible to the majority of the population.

The Solution

DawaMomis an AI-powered health platform democratizing access to maternal health care through a network of community health workers to achieve universal health coverage in LMIC and curb maternal mortality.


  • 60 community health workers are supporting last-mile health provision through DawaMom

  • 893 mothers are signed up on the mobile platform

Market Opportunity

The DawaMom customer segment is pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa that is estimated to be over USD 1 billion dollars annually. DawaMom’s go-to-market strategy is scaling across southern Africa (Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania) first. This segment has been chosen due to its high maternal mortality rate and limited healthcare access.

Organization Highlights

DawaMom partners with several other organizations in sub-Saharan Africa including:

  • BongoHive Ventures, Amano Capital, and Livewell. 

  • Zambian Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA): USSD SMS partner for the Dawa health clients. 

  • University of Zambia (UNZA) school of medicine as an academic institution. 

  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Zambia and Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) office as implementing partners.

  • Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme (SAIS) under the Finish foreign office for collaborations. 

  • Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) and Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D), as pilot financiers.

  • To have an impact on maternal healthcare in more countries, DawaMom is collaborating with Villgro Africa in this project. Villgro Africa is an early-stage incubator with experience in supporting innovation to market in many African countries. Villgro Africa will assist the expansion of the DawaMom tool through its network in Africa.

Partnership Goals

DawaMom seeks:

  • MOU with butterfly iQ to obtain access to mobile ultrasound scans to be used as point-of-care support kits by clinical officers through the three trimesters.

  • International, pro-bono legal expertise in scaling health products and services in low and middle income countries.

Organization Type: For-profit, including B-Corp or similar models

Headquarters: Lusaka, Zambia

Stage: Pilot

Working In: Zambia

Current Employees: 12

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