Meet Dr. Maxwel Okoth – Founder of the Ruai Family Hospital in Kenya.
This inspiring Kenyan entrepreneur is building an empire in the healthcare market.
Healthcare in Africa is one of the issues affecting African nations and Dr. Maxwel Okoth felt a deep urge to do something about this problem.
It is no longer news that Africa has 11 percent of the world’s population but bears 25 percent of the world’s disease burden. This is exactly why Africa presents a huge demand (and opportunity) for healthcare services. With poorly funded and ineffective public hospitals and a significant brain drain of African doctors to the West, it’s easy to write off the continent’s healthcare market.
Armed with the vision to make a difference in his country, a strong determination and just about US$ 3,000, Dr. Maxwel Okoth launched – Ruai Family Hospital in Kenya. He started his healthcare venture as a small outpatient center.
Today, Dr. Maxwel Okoth small healthcare venture has become a 50-bed hospital that serves the low-end of the market. Over the next 5 years, he plans to spread his concept across Kenya, and tap into the growing market for health tourism in East Africa. He is already setting up a 100-bed multi-specialty hospital which will have a cancer center, radiology center, pediatric unit, and several other specialties.
Africa is abundantly “blessed” with problems that disguise huge and remarkable business opportunities. Our rich continent will continue to reward the doers, risk-takers, and entrepreneurs who embrace opportunities where others fear problems.
Video source: Africa.com