Hello! Caafi emerged from the professional and personal experiences of its founders who wanted to address two of the systemic challenges in Somalia’s health system that prevent one in two Somalis from getting essential health services:
1) the extreme shortage of health workers; and
2) inequities in access to quality health services, especially for rural communities.
Our purpose is to fill these critical gaps by harnessing the power of technology to facilitate health access for the estimated 92% of Somalis who use mobile phones and other technological devices. We want to help the limited pool of health workers reach further, reduce the cost of access for patients and providers and potentially contribute to the sustainability of the health system.
Hello! Caafi’s technology platform is purposefully designed to integrate and complement the existing health care system by serving as an initial point of access and referral pathway while also reducing the burden on local health programs and facilities.
Hello! Caafi is a Somali and female-led organization. Our co-founders have over thirty years of combined leadership experience in health systems, technology, and development sectors. We work with a dedicated team of nurses, midwives, doctors, and specialists who are passionate about innovation and leading systems change.
Together, we built our telehealth system using our contextual knowledge of the country’s health system and sensitivity towards cultural and social norms that shape health behaviors.
This work is passion, personal, and business for us.
We invite everyone to join us on our journey to accelerate the adoption of telehealth as an alternative care delivery method and improve health outcomes for all.