Our Global Health Initiative

Our Global Health Initiative

Partner with us to create a world without health inequalities

Four billion people, more than half the global population, lack access to basic health services. The disadvantages of this global health challenge are disproportionately experienced by people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Our Global Health Initiative contributes to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals by using Ada’s technology for global good. We welcome partnerships with local NGOs, LMIC governments, and global health organizations to help us increase access to personalized health information and improve primary healthcare delivery for those who need it most.

The global health challenge

Global health challenge
  • Lack of Access to Health Services

    4 billion people lack access to basic health services

  • Health Worker

    7 million health worker global shortage

  • Rural Area

    75% live in rural areas in developing countries

  • Psychiatrist

    .05 psychiatrist per 100,000 people in LMICs

Digital health opportunities

Digital health opportunities
  • Smartphone

    42% in LMICs owned a smartphone in 2017

  • Investment

    $30 billion US annual investment in digital health by 2020

  • Connected Health Worker

    21.2 million community health workers by 2030

  • Mobile Apps

    $2 US per capita, per year to improve LMIC mental health

Our focus areas

Family health

Image of families relaxing in park

Healthy families mean healthy communities, and improving maternal, child and adolescent health benefits future generations. Ada can:

  • Pre-assess thousands of conditions
  • Guide guardians to mobilize their families to appropriate care – which can be critical for children with acute symptoms
  • Empower adolescents with credible health information to develop good habits

Our initiative with Fondation Botnar is empowering 2 million Tanzanians and Romanians over the next three years by:

  • Translating thousands of questions, symptoms, synonyms and condition names into Swahili and Romanian
  • Adapting Ada’s AI to region-specific diseases

We partner with Dar Es Salaam’s Muhimbili University Hospital to tailor Ada to Tanzania.

Community health workers

Community health workers (CHWs) are vital primary care providers for underserved populations. In rural areas with less smartphone access Ada can empower CHWs through:

  • Clinical decision support
  • Triage and referrals
  • Patient record keeping

Mental health

Of the 800,000 global deaths from suicide each year, 75% occur in LMICs. Ada can be one scalable part of a broader solution to this crisis by:

  • Providing an immediate response to psychological symptoms
  • Connecting people to partners capable of providing online or offline care

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Global health and outbreak control

Ada produces real-time population insights through aggregated, anonymized patient data. As Ada rapidly becomes the world’s personal health guide, this data serves as a magnifying glass for policymakers to anticipate public health needs, identify trends, and control outbreaks.

Our community

We invest in AI as a scalable solution to the global shortage of health workers and the urgent need for improved child and adolescent health. Our partnership responds to this need in East Africa and Romania, creating impact for adolescents and insights for Fondation Botnar and Ada to expand this innovative approach to other low- and middle-income countries.

Dr. Stefan Germann, CEO Fondation Botnar
Dr. Stefan Germann, CEO Fondation Botnar

Partner with us

There are many ways we can work together to create positive impact for vulnerable populations. Fondation Botnar and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation already support our work. If you would like to join us in increasing access to personalized health information and improving primary healthcare delivery for those who need it most, please contact our Global Health Initiative Managing Director Hila Azadzoy:

Hila Azadzoy
Managing Director, Global Health Initiative

Learn more

Fondation Botnar
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences