AfriMedico at a glance

Medicine for the last mile

Our Mission

AfriMedico links Africa to Japan, delivering health and smiles through medical services.

Our Activity

  • Promotion of self-medication with Okigusuri (use first, pay later) system
  • Health education for Okigusuri users
  • Research on medical environment
  • Promotion of health condition of African countries in Japan

By saving human life with Okigusuri or OTC (over the counter drugs), AfriMedico contributes UHC (Universal health Coverage) means that “all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship” (WHO).

Board Members

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Eri Machii

Founder and CEO

Pharmacist. Worked as a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer for infectious diseases control in Niger for 2 years. Experience in Niger made her think how we can improve the medical services in Africa, and decide to attend the Graduate School of Management of Globis University. Established AfriMedico from the belief that "We can learn each other because we have differences each other. We want to improve both of Africa and Japan."

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Motohiro Aoki

Director

Joined to Pharmaceutical company as MR. Start his career from Toyama, where is birthplace of "OKIGUSURI", as MR with infectious disease speciality. After careers of some information data vendors for pharma, he had gained expertise related with drug lifecycle, innovation to post launching phase. And now, he is working for life-science industry at strategic consulting firm. He feels strong sympathy with mission of AfriMedico, and hopes contribution for "Medicine for the last mile", as Director of Overseas-Strategy & Funding since May 2016. "We’re not working only for the charity. But also for giving to sustainable self-medication with Japanese traditional business model, create new jobs, and contribute to positive health cycle in Africa. That is why I am here, AfriMedico. Sure, realizing that ideal has never been easy, however we can leave our footprint, and do our best for them."

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Makiko Yamaguchi

Director

Bachelor of French Language. Business development and overseas marketing in a multinational imaging and electronics company.
When she was a student, the sight of children who happily run around with a pen in Morocco burned into her mind, she decided to pursue the dream of “contributing to Africa through business” and at the same time making Japan more energetic.
Soon after she has met AfriMedico, decided to join the activity, by strongly sympathizing the mission and the professionalism of the members.
Became a director since October 2016. Responsible for overseas strategy, public relations and human resources.

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Megumi Hara

Director

Staff

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Geofrey Yambayamba

Tanzania CEO

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Gosby Mnyanyi

Tanzania General Secretary

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Deus Mathew Mtweve

Mtweve is a student at St Joseph University of Health and Allied Sciences for doctor of Medicine.

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Dietram Samson Mhadisa

Mhadisa is a student at Kampala International University in Tanzania for bachelor of Pharmacy.

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Fortunatus Sebastian Malisa

Malisa is a student at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences for bachelor of Pharmacy.

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Francis Mashaka Lujaji

Lujaji is a student at St Joseph University of Health and Allied Sciences for bachelor of Pharmacy.

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Mary Spicar Kilapilo

Kilapilo is a student at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences for bachelor of Pharmacy.

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Steven Tumaini Speratus

Speratus is a student at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences for bachelor of Pharmacy.

Media and Collaboration

Salesforce World Tour Tokyo 2018

Our directors Aoki and Yamaguchi gave a presentation titled “Social Innovation in Africa with Okigusuri” at Salesforce World Tour Tokyo 2018, the biggest Salesforce event. We had the exhibition and thanks to all those who visited our booth.

Newsweek

Our CEO Machii is selected as one of “100 Japanese People The World Respects”, a special issue of Newsweek Japan published on 30th April, 2019.

NHK World – Japan

Concept of Okigusuri and our activities are introduced in a world-wide TV program “Fresh Eyes on Japan: From Toyama to Tanzania: Oki-gusuri Medicine Peddlers Cross the World” in Swahili language.
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/2076007/

TokyoReview

“Remote African communities face challenges that are similar in some ways to those of Edo Japan”
An old Japanese idea brings medicine to rural Africa

Annual Report

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