NAIROBI (Reuters) – Nathalie Maikere sat at her dining table, her two children playing video games a few feet away, as a doctor in a lab coat unpacked her medical bag and took her temperature, pulse, and blood pressure.
A man displays the TIBU Health app of the Nairobi-based startup on his phone in Nairobi, Kenya May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Maikere is one of over 600 Nairobians getting medical care at home through TIBU Health, a Kenyan startup.
It is a small player in a global movement towards home-based medical care, and its March launch coincided with the coronavirus pandemic that has forced much of the world’s population to stay at home.
“People think that health equals clinic or hospital whenever I’m sick,” said CEO and co-founder Jason Carmichael. “They don’t realize that … often you don’t even need to go to a clinic. Or that it can come