1 million Egyptians to get free medical consultations via Altibbi
By: Jehad El-Sayed
Mon, Feb. 11, 2019
CAIRO – 11 February 2018: Egyptian citizens can now use Altibbi, the MENA region’s first and largest digital health platform, for free to reach out to certified medical professionals for healthcare assistance and education.
Altibbi announced on Thursday, February 7 the launch of its "One Million Free Medical Consultations” initiative, the largest free, remote medical advice campaign done via voice calls and text messages with the cooperation of the Egyptian ministries of health and communication.
The initiative came in partnership with Telecom Egypt and in co-operation with the Egyptian Foundation of Global University Graduates - T20, the Egyptian Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
Altibbi initiative aims to alleviate the burden of medical consultation costs for Egyptians. While the campaign will take place across the country, it will focus on residents of Upper Egypt, who face a critical lack of access to quality healthcare infrastructure.
All you have to do is to download Altibbi’s application, visit the website or call 16445, in order to access free medical consultations from a doctor in less than 4 minutes, including a referral in case further follow up is needed.
"We appreciate the role of Telecom Egypt and the cooperation of the Egyptian ministries of health and communication, and their steadfast belief in our vision to spread health awareness to every home in Egypt. I wish to see more participation from the private sector in critical areas like healthcare provision," said Jalil Allabadi, founder and CEO of Altibbi.
"Through this initiative, we aspire to deliver free medical support to the largest number of citizens possible. And seeing as the initiative is the biggest of its kind, we have appointed the best team of dedicated healthcare professionals to cover the number of consultations needed, and serve Egyptians nationwide,” Allabadi added.
Chairman of Telecom Egypt, Magued Osman, emphasized the company’s role in facilitating comprehensive development in the country. Describing the activation of such remote digital health care platforms as the beginning of a new era in Egypt, where technology will be the frontline in solving some of the most pressing issues facing the country.
This comes in line with the policies of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s government that aim at reforming the health sector in Egypt through modernising the current system to implement a universal healthcare program that focusses on prevention and early intervention.
The "One Million Free Medical Consultations" initiative was announced at the "Invest in Health" conference in November 2018.