Monday 02, October 2017 by Jessica Combes

Altibbi raises $6.5 million to revolutionise healthcare for modern Arab world


Digital health platform Altibbi Ltd. has announced a new round of funding amounting to $6.5 million, co-lead by Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP) and DASH Ventures with the participation of new strategic investors TAMM, RIMCO Investments, endeavour’s Catalyst Fund and other undisclosed investors.

The raise signals confidence in Altibbi’s ability to enhance medicine in a region where governments spend an average of only eight per cent of their budgets on healthcare compared to an average of 17 per cent spent by OECD countries.

“The funding is fully dedicated to further growing the company, which has established an exceptional track record as a premier provider of trusted health and wellness information in the region serving over 6 million people every month. We believe there is a true opportunity to further build Altibbi’s portfolio of telehealth solutions for the benefit of companies and consumers in the region,” said Ayman Sharaiha, Co-founder and COO at Altibbi. 

The proceeds of the latest round will primarily be used to expand Altibbi’s digital health offering for businesses and consumers in MENA. 

On the content side, Altibbi intends to grow its presence and further expand its Arabic medical content library of 1.5 million pages. Furthermore, Altibbi will build on its free Q&A platform that currently answers 1,000 daily questions through its directory of 12,000 verified Arab doctors.  

“We are fortunate to work with some of the reputable and supportive venture capital firms and strategic corporate VCs in the region, and confident that this partnership will further accelerate our efforts towards a more prosperous future with universal access to healthcare. The rapid growth of our company over the past years has clearly illustrated the ever-growing demand for innovative health solutions in our region, and we are delighted to witness first-hand how our products are solving real problems. Altibbi is proud to provide cutting-edge, inclusive health services and looks forward to further strengthening these solutions by offering the best connected health solutions the region has seen to date,” said Jalil Allabadi, Founder and CEO at Altibbi.

On the telehealth side, Altibbi aims to expand its offering on its premium health plans to the Arab World: real-time, round-the-clock tele-health services and unlimited access to high quality primary care local doctors. Altibbi will further invest in developing integrated industry-specific solutions for businesses in MENA. The tele-health solution will enable large employers to enhance employee wellness, drive operational efficiency and save on healthcare costs. 

“Altibbi is the undisputed leader in providing access to doctors on-demand as well as having a vast and expanding content library. Altibbi’s growth over the past year has given us conviction in the company’s leadership and with re-investing and providing additional capital for it to scale. The team at Altibbi has the passion, expertise and energy to take this company to the next step. We also welcome our new partners TAMM Invest, Rimco and endeavour as strategic and valuable co-investors,” said Walid Mansour, Partner and Chief Investment Officer at MEVP. 

Altibbi provides ‘connected health’ services and solutions in 10 markets across the Arab World, primarily delivered through its flagship mobile application and online presence. Altibbi has rapidly evolved into one of the most popular Arabic mobile applications on both iOS and Android platforms, with the potential for expansion into new emerging markets.  

“Telecommunication has been at the forefront of the global technology boom,” said Omar J. Sati, Managing Director at DASH Ventures expresses. “It was only a matter of time before this technology delivered a seismic shift to the healthcare industry. Altibbi is not just a TeleHealth platform but a mobile medical system, where patients literally have control of their own health within the palm of their hands. We are proud to have played a crucial role in helping Altibbi establish themselves as the region's main digital health provider, transforming the future of healthcare access, quality and cost.” 

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