By Njodzeka Danhatu
For those in Cameroon who might have been facing difficulties trying to locate a pharmacy that has a particular prescription, here is Urpharm for them.
UrPharm Inc. is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Las Vegas, NV, USA. A winner of the Thorne Prize at Startup Yale 2020, the technology startup aims to provide a platform that makes it easy to search, find, and pay for medications in sub-Saharan Africa.
By using the UrPharm app, users can search for any medication and locate the closest pharmacies to them that have the medication in stock, with just a few clicks.
This helps save time, money and lives as users no longer need to go through multiple pharmacies in search of essential life-saving medications. Cameroonians (and other Africans) living abroad can use the UrPharm app to purchase medications for loved ones from a licensed pharmacy back home and have them pick them up in minutes. This eliminates the issue of using money transfer services and paying exorbitant transfer fees. It also brings peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are getting authentic medications from licensed pharmacies, rather than purchasing counterfeit or substandard medications from street corners.
On Friday, October 22, UrPharm co-founders held a press conference in Douala where they said they have established a subsidiary in Cameroon which will serve as the hub in Africa.
After Cameroon, UrPharm plans to launch in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya in the coming months and eventually the rest of sub-sahara Africa.
Brains Behind Urpharm
UrPharm was co-founded by fellow Cameroonian-born Dr. Leslie Asanga (CEO), Souke Roger (COO), Tamajung Ndumu (CTO), and Leonardo Lizbinski (American-born). Dr. Leslie Asanga is a US based pharmacist, a seasoned entrepreneur, a public health professional and a recent graduate of the prestigious Yale University.
Souke Roger is a Senior IT Consultant at IBM UK with more than five years of experience in the technology space.
Tamajung Ndumu is a software engineer with a Computer Science degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore – and more than 17 years of software development experience.
Leonardo Lizbinski is a software engineer with a Computer Science degree and is also a graduate of two Ivy League Universities – Yale and Brown.
“It is satisfying for us to be able to utilise the skills and expertise we’ve acquired here in the US and the UK to help people back home and potentially save lives in Cameroon and other sub-Saharan countries,” says UrPharm CEO, Dr. Asanga.
With this app, if one buys and, for some reason, couldn’t pick up the drugs, the money is returned.