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Five ventures about to improve the world join Vodafone Institute’s accelerator F-LANE (3/3)

15 Aug 2019Digital Society
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The final two start-ups joining F-LANE’s latest cohort are Boost Thyroid and Rubi Health.

Boost Thyroid wants to help millions of patients with autoimmune diseases:


Photo credit: Boost Thyroid

Hashimoto is one of the most common autoimmune diseases, affecting 350 million people worldwide, mainly women.

However, awareness is extremely low and there are few opportunities for patients looking for information and digital services to manage their health.

This is where the Boost Thyroid app comes in, supporting the diagnosis and offering information about Hashimoto as well as a personalised tracking tool that collects the examination data of the users.

This anonymous data is used to support studies by research institutes, the results of which can, in turn, lead to an improved quality of life for patients.

Rubi Health is tackling the issue of maternal depression by offering psychotherapeutic care in rural hospitals in Nigeria.


Photo credit: Rubi Health

Their primary target group is (expectant) mothers who are confronted with new anxieties during or after pregnancy and suffer from depression or anxiety.

Patients can book therapy hours at affordable prices, which take place via video chat in rooms provided by the hospitals.

In this way, therapists can be connected from anywhere and the shortage of medical personnel can be overcome on site.

In addition, Rubi Health organises regular health camps where thousands of women can have their mental health examined for the first time.

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Empowering People
  • Vodafone Institute

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