Skip to Main Content
Register Your Solution
Submission Received
Selection committee review (pending)
Best Submissions Shortlisted
"Pitch and Win" Event
Selection committee review (pending)
After the deadline, the jury will select the shortlisted projects to pitch live in the 'Pitch and Win' event where the winners will be selected. 
Thanks for your vote
This voting milestone has now ended, and the idea has progressed to a private milestone
Return to idea list
Thanks for approving the idea
This milestone has now ended, and the idea has progressed to a private milestone
Return to idea list

Pharmafast

Pharmafast is cost-effective and accurate m-health hybrid App where users can locate nearby pharmacies and measure the distance to be covered to the nearest drugstore that carries their desire drugs, know the exact pharmacies where to buy their medicines at a given price, pharmacies schedule and users also have the opportunity to order for the delivery of their prescribed drugs and pay from their mobile money wallet from their comfort zone.


The Pharmafast Pharmacy Management System allows certified drugstores to own a shop on the platform and some of our features are accessible offline.


Name of your institution/organization

Better Future For All Association (BEFA)

https://www.betterfuforall.org 

Name of the country/territory your institution/organization is registered at.

Cameroon/Douala

Did you email the mandatory application form to innovationchallenges@itu.int ?

Yes

Have you uploaded an original image of your organisation/institution on the display of your profile?

Yes

edited on Jul 12, 2021 by shey vitalis MBUNKUR
Public (13)
You will need to login to post a comment
Nivashini Rave Rattey Jul 13, 2021

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

Reply

shey vitalis MBUNKUR Jul 13, 2021

Thanks

Reply

Let me first of all comments on the process which I saw it too cumbersome and many people might not be patient enough to fill all the information before commenting. From the first day I saw this idea on the social media I send a message to the team behind this project asking why it is only limited to Cameroon because it is not different in my own country. The problem is real and at most time very challenging and this solution will really help to bridge this gap. My advice is for Pharmafast to bring pharmacies on their platform so that users should know which of them carries their desire medications. The information you have right now is not bad such as list of pharmacies and estimated price of drugs but it would be more beneficial to have the data of these pharmacies, stock of medications, working and closing hours etc. Congratulation for this wonderful initiative.

Reply

shey vitalis MBUNKUR Jul 14, 2021

Greetings!
We are currently working on how to bring legalized pharmacies in Cameroon on the platform and all the worries you have highlighted such as the pharmacy`s schedule and a medical store locator guide is also available to guide our users. We appreciate your valuable feedback. Expanding to other African countries have always been on our roadmap as it would have a huge impact opportunity. Thanks

Reply

Rick Mba Jul 14, 2021

I am so grateful this idea is getting attention. Is this idea worth celebrating? As a medical practitioner I will say a big yes. The organisation still has lot of work to do on the platform. I use the web app nearly everyday to help my patients.
1. Try to obtain drug list from other pharmaceutical companies or the ministry of public health. The government usually update this information annually.
2. I have realized that some prices on the site doesn't matched with what some pharmacies are offering. What is your solution to this?
3. You also talk of door to door delivery which is a good idea. What are the measures you have put in place to make sure that prescription send are not fake?
I propose your team should get in touch with pharmacist or their trade union association and educate them on the usefulness and their benefits being online. You should also look for the best payment gateway integration. Keep it up with such innovation. Good luck

Reply

shey vitalis MBUNKUR Jul 14, 2021

Thank you for your feedback.
As you rightly said, we have been able to get the price list of one company and we are working on how to have all the information.
About delivery services, it is clearly stated on the platform that users should only upload an authentic prescription otherwise they would not be served. Remember the prescription is been uploaded and send to a particular pharmacy and pharmacists can distinguish between fake and real ones. Users can equally track their order online and they will be notified if the information sent is of a doubtful source. Thanks

Users tagged:

Reply

Laura Ngono Njeng Jul 15, 2021

This is a wonderful and welcome effort that will transform the healthcare business, especially in light of global and unforeseen issues. I was enthralled by the concept since I had experienced similar issues that nearly cost me my life owing to delays in purchasing drugs in Cameroon, and I was certain that this idea would help to solve this problem. My suggestion to the company behind this is to raise awareness about the platform's presence in areas like hospitals, as well as to distribute fliers in pharmacies, hospitals, and other important locations. It's important to remember that getting started is always challenging, but with the appropriate marketing and earning your target's trust, you may be on your road to success. I wish Pharmafast the best of luck, and I appreciate your efforts in reducing our stress.

Reply

shey vitalis MBUNKUR Jul 15, 2021

Greetings, Ngono. We're glad the platform was able to assist you. We're only getting started, but so far we've been able to reach out to our audience through various avenues such as social media and blogs, TV Talks, and so on. As you said in your article, we will continue to raise awareness. Please let us know if you notice any issues with any of the platforms.
Thank you for your kind remarks and comments.

Users tagged:

Reply

Ngenge Ransom Tanyu Jul 17, 2021

I think that Pharma Fast is a brilliant initiative. I would suggest the founders think about partnerships with pharmacies. Depending on terms of partnership, people can get to buy what they need at a price a little cheaper than what pharmacies will offer if they have to come and buy at the counter. By implication, pharmacies get to benefit by selling more and people get to benefit by buying cheaper and you get to benefit by getting more and more people using the Pharma Fast App with the possibility of introducing registration for App users in the future to maintain operational costs.

Reply

shey vitalis MBUNKUR Jul 17, 2021

Greetings Ngenge Ransom.
We value your suggestions and opinions. Everything you have said is exactly the point of the project. It is a pharmaceutical marketplace aimed at assisting licensed pharmacies in increasing their online presence, attracting new customers, and increasing their profit margin at a cheaper cost. The functionality to host these pharmacies is now in place, and we will begin using it in the next months.

Users tagged:

Reply

Ngenge Ransom Tanyu Jul 17, 2021

Also consider proposing a delivery partnership with pharmacies. For those who want the drugs, delivered at their doorsteps, Pharma Fast can step in to offer that service at a relatively cheap price.

Reply

shey vitalis MBUNKUR Jul 17, 2021

Noted we thanks

Users tagged:

Reply

Cornelius Tawong Jul 17, 2021

The idea of pharmafast is a most excellent one and the kind of business I would love to do in this digital age. You need persistence and much sensitization about it. I remember when MoMo came many people were afraid of it and didn't accept it. Today a good number is using MoMo eventhough many without tech savvy are still afraid of using it & other fintech apps.
Know that payment apps like stripe & paypal are restricted in Africa. I have seen an API for MoMo but poor digital literacy and high subscription is what is retarding online payment with this and great usage. My recommendation:
* work on the payment app
* work on the delivery channel
* Be thinking to launch an ios version of pharmafast
* continue with sensitization & marketing
In conclusion I believe pharmafast is a most excellent business for the 21st century which needs persistence for the customer segment challenges to go off for the business to shine.
Good luck!

Reply

shey vitalis MBUNKUR Jul 17, 2021

Hello Tawong,
Thank you for highlighting the suggestions you made. We are reportedly going to work on these issues.

Users tagged:

Reply

Cornelius Tawong Jul 17, 2021

The idea of pharmafast is a most excellent one and the kind of business I would love to do in this digital age. You need persistence and much sensitization about it. I remember when MoMo came many people were afraid of it and didn't accept it. Today a good number is using MoMo eventhough many without tech savvy are still afraid of using it & other fintech apps.
Know that payment apps like stripe & paypal are restricted in Africa. I have seen an API for MoMo but poor digital literacy and high subscription is what is retarding online payment with this and great usage. My recommendation:
* work on the payment app
* work on the delivery channel
* Be thinking to launch an ios version of pharmafast
* continue with sensitization & marketing
In conclusion I believe pharmafast is a most excellent business for the 21st century which needs persistence for the customer segment challenges to go off for the business to shine.
Good luck!

Reply

Enock Banglis Jul 19, 2021

this idea is one that will reshape the pharmaceutical industry, bring consumers closer to pharmacies and provide improved services and users on the other side being fully satisfied. it is indeed a huge global health problem solving idea.

Reply

shey vitalis MBUNKUR Jul 19, 2021

Thank you very much

Users tagged:

Reply

sang sang Jul 24, 2021

As a someone who buys drugs frequently, I will say a big thank you to this company. Last year, I sent my kid sister to get medications for my little boy and she could not for the simple reason that we did not know how much the drugs would cost and she had to come back home without the drugs. My husband travelled out of town and I had no money to add to the budget to get these drugs. It took us two days to raise the money. If this project was available, it would have served us from this embarrassment. Keep working hard because this will serve the lives of so many people in the continent.

Reply

shey vitalis MBUNKUR Jul 25, 2021

Hello Sang sang,
What a painful story? Thanks for the encouraging words. Our aim is to reduce this stress and people like you can support us to see this come to light.

Reply

Muteti Maingi 11 months ago

good solution and worth implementing

Reply

Chidi Nwaogu Jul 26, 2021

I believe this is a good idea, so congratulations on a good job well done.

Reply

shey vitalis MBUNKUR Jul 26, 2021

Thanks

Users tagged:

Reply

Kader ILBOUDO Aug 8, 2021

Good project. Why user will use your app instead of google maps?

Reply

Muteti Maingi 11 months ago

yes it bridges that gap

Reply

shey vitalis MBUNKUR 11 months ago

Thanks

Users tagged:

Reply

shey vitalis MBUNKUR 11 months ago

Thank you for your comments.
1. Google map would not provide users pharmacy that has their desired drugs at stock and prices;
2. Users can not order medications on Google map;
3. There must be connected to the internet to navigate on Google maps whereas some of our functionalities are accessible offline;
I hope I have answered some of your worries.

Users tagged:

Reply

OSONG 11 months ago

Pharmafast is a hybrid app very cost effective and accurate working in partnership with registered certified pharmacies globally to bridge the gap that exist between patients and availability of certified drugs stores closer to each other. Most at times patients suffer a lot in searching of a particular drug , spending time and money to no avail of which they could just download pharmafast app and with a click they can locate the nearby pharmacies having these drugs .

The world is now turning to a global village and pharmafast is the easiest way to request a drug and pay with mobile money and dilivery will be done to you based on your location.
Let's think global and act local .

Reply

shey vitalis MBUNKUR 11 months ago

Thanks very much. We are determined to achieve this dream

Reply