Moses Kuria has been appointed as the new Managing Director of healthcare firm, CarePay. At the same time, the company has named Dr Torooti Mwirigi as its Commercial Director.
Kuria and Mwirigi are replacing Kees van Lede and Maarten Ras respectively. They have been appointed by CarePay International into roles in the company’s Africa office. Mr van Lede has been appointed CEO, CarePay Africa Region and Mr Ras has been appointed Commercial Director, CarePay Africa Region.
Kuria was previously CarePay’s Finance and Operations Director. He has helped raise Ksh 700 million in investment in the company over the last three years. He has also overseen the expansion of the Kenya team from 38 to 97 people. Dr Mwirigi was previously Project Director and Agile Coach at CarePay. He was responsible for overseeing development projects on the M-TIBA platform. He brings over a decade of experience in health insurance, health technology and health not-for-profit organizations.
CarePay Board chairman John Ngumi said: “Moses and Torooti are incredibly accomplished business leaders – who are passionate about innovation in healthcare. They’ve been instrumental in our success in Kenya and driving the use of technology to help our country towards universal health coverage. It was an easy decision for the Board to have these young and talented Kenyans taking on leadership of the company.”
Kuria said: “We’d like to thank Kees and Maarten for their contribution to scaling CarePay and M-TIBA in Kenya. CarePay and M-TIBA are recognised globally as scalable solutions to some of the huge challenges we face in accessing and affording healthcare. We’re in a great place to support the push for Universal Health Coverage in Kenya and to provide a springboard for CarePay’s regional expansion.”
PharmAccess Foundation and Safaricom are founding partners of CarePay Kenya. PharmAccess Foundation recently deployed M-TIBA for registrations on Universal Health Coverage in three pilot Counties (Nyeri, Kisumu and Machakos). CarePay originally built M-TIBA to run on Safaricom’s M-PESA service.
In Kenya, Carepay runs M-TIBA, a mobile service that allows anyone to send, save and spend funds specifically for medical treatment. Money stored in M-TIBA can only be used to pay for treatment and medication at partner clinics and hospitals. The service has so far contracted over 530 healthcare facilities across Kenya and has nearly one million users.