The AI-enabled health platform Ada is launching the Global Health Initiative (GHI), a series of major projects focused on improving the availability and delivery of primary care in underserved populations around the world.
The project is conducted in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Fondation Botnar, a Swiss foundation applying the latest technology to improve the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents in low-and-middle-income countries across the globe.
Globally, four billion people lack access to basic health services and, due to population growth, there will be an estimated 18 million shortfall in health workers by 2030. The Ada Global Health Initiative will help solve this problem by combining artificial intelligence, human medical expertise and the power of mobile technology to deliver health access to care and guidance at scale.
Approximately one-third of Ada’s users come from rural and less developed healthcare markets, such as India, Asia and Africa. GHI plans to work with governments, NGOs and global health organizations to research, build and implement new AI-led solutions to specific healthcare needs in lower- and middle-income countries.
At the center of these solutions will be Ada’s AI technology, which has been trained over the past seven years using real-world medical cases and with insights from a team of over 100 doctors, scientists & PhDs.
Since launching its free-to-download health guide app in 2016, Ada has completed over seven million health assessments and has been the #1 medical app in over 130 countries worldwide.
“Since launching Ada, we’ve heard hundreds of stories about how the app has improved or even saved lives,” Daniel Nathrath, CEO and co-founder of Ada, said in a statement. “Often these stories come from parts of the world where it can be extremely difficult to see a doctor or get professional medical advice — but where people do own, or have access to, a smartphone. By partnering with organisations that share our vision for the future of healthcare, we are increasing Ada’s impact in developing economies, and moving forward our mission to make quality, personalised care a reality for everyone.”
By partnering with Fondation Botnar, Ada will become the first health guidance app to feature Swahili language integration, making its health assessment technology available to more than 100 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa. Also, the organization will help Ada integrate Romanian to its growing list of languages to complement Fondation Botnar’s existing social inclusion work to provide scalable support measures for vulnerable children and their families in Romania.
On the other hand, the work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be focused on evaluating the impact of AI-based self-assessment technology in recommending specific diagnostic tests and improving patient outcomes for Foundation priority geographies and diseases. Ada will analyse millions of self-assessment cases from Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, South America and India to identify the diagnostic tests that, when combined with rigorous and accurate AI, could deliver the biggest impact in lower and middle-income countries.