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2024-02-12 2:17 PM

Ilara Health Secures $4.2 Million Funding to Expand Healthcare Access in Kenya

  • Ilara Health secures $4.2 million funding to expand healthcare access in Kenya, led by DOB Equity.
  • The investment aims to deepen healthcare access through a B2B health and occupational service for uninsured workers.
  • With strategic partnerships and innovative solutions, Ilara Health plans to transform healthcare accessibility in Kenya.
By Lethabo Ntsoane

Ilara Health, a leading health-tech company based in Kenya, has announced the successful closure of a $4.2 million debt-equity pre-Series A funding round. The investment, led by DOB Equity, is set to propel Ilara Health’s mission of enhancing healthcare accessibility across Kenya, particularly focusing on underserved areas. The funding will support the rollout of a novel Business-to-Business (B2B) health and occupational service, aimed at providing affordable healthcare solutions to uninsured workers.

Expanding Operations to Deepen Healthcare Access

With the aim of addressing the quality of care issue in Kenya’s healthcare landscape, Ilara Health has evolved from its initial focus on leasing diagnostic devices to providing a comprehensive range of healthcare solutions to private clinics. The company’s strategic shift towards enabling healthcare centers to acquire pharmaceutical products and essential items on credit has empowered private healthcare operators to deliver quality primary healthcare services to patients.

Investment Details

InvestorAmount (USD)Equivalent in South African Rand (ZAR)
DOB Equity2,500,00047,500,000
Philips FoundationUndisclosedUndisclosed
AAIC InvestmentUndisclosedUndisclosed
Angaza CapitalUndisclosedUndisclosed
Black Pearl InvestmentsUndisclosedUndisclosed
Perivoli InnovationsUndisclosedUndisclosed
Kiva CapitalUndisclosedUndisclosed
Boehringer IngelheimUndisclosedUndisclosed

The $2.5 million equity portion was led by DOB Equity, with participation from notable investors such as the Philips Foundation, AAIC Investment, Angaza Capital, Black Pearl Investments, and Perivoli Innovations. Additionally, debt investments were secured from Alphamundi, Kiva Capital, and Boehringer Ingelheim. This round brings Ilara Health’s total funding to $11.7 million, reinforcing its position as a key player in the healthcare technology sector.

Fostering Partnerships for Healthcare Transformation

Ilara Health currently serves approximately 3,000 clinics across Kenya, out of an estimated 15,000 operational clinics in the country. These strategically located clinics play a crucial role in providing accessible healthcare services to local communities, particularly in areas where government-run facilities face challenges due to underinvestment.

Addressing Healthcare Disparities

The private healthcare sector in Kenya has emerged as a preferred alternative for individuals with medical insurance or those who can afford out-of-pocket payments. However, with only 2.7% of Kenyans privately insured, there remains a significant gap in healthcare coverage. Ilara Health’s innovative B2B health and occupational service seeks to bridge this gap by partnering with employers to offer outpatient services to uninsured workers at partner clinics, thereby expanding access to essential healthcare services.

Future Plans

In its next phase of growth, Ilara Health plans to focus on scaling its B2B health and occupational service, aiming to reach a larger portion of the population and further deepen healthcare access in Kenya. By leveraging technology and fostering strategic partnerships, Ilara Health is poised to play a pivotal role in transforming the healthcare landscape in Kenya and beyond.


Ilara Health’s successful funding round underscores the growing recognition of the importance of leveraging technology to address healthcare disparities and improve access to quality healthcare services. With its innovative solutions and commitment to advancing healthcare accessibility, Ilara Health is well-positioned to drive positive change in the healthcare sector, ultimately improving the well-being of communities across Kenya and beyond.

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Lethabo Ntsoane

Lethabo Ntsoane holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of South Africa. He is a Financial Product commentator at Rateweb. He is an expect financial product analyst with years of experience in reviewing products and offering commentary. Lethabo majors in financial news, reviews and financial tips. He can be contacted: Email: Twitter: @NtsoaneLethabo