THE PROBLEM

Every year, more than 200,000 people in Nigeria die from three major causes of emergencies - road traffic accidents, birth complications and cardiovascular diseases. Thousands more men, women, and children suffer from common domestic injuries, sudden illness, and violence ...


Unfortunately, emergency medical care in Nigeria is inadequate to address the needs. Currently, Nigeria has just 1 ambulance for 191,000 people, most of which are ill-equipped, poorly staffed, and disconnected from any dispatch network. In developed countries, ambulance ratios are as low as 1 ambulance per 11,000 and adequately supported by a network of trained paramedics. In the absence of an emergency medical system, victims rely on private vehicles to get to hospital, receive no care in transit, and have no way of knowing if the hospital will be equipped to manage their emergency.

The ERA Solution

Treating Every Emergency with Urgency

Our Vision

We envision an Africa where everyone can recognize a medical emergency, call for help, and receive it within 10 minutes.

Our Mission.

Our mission is to save lives by developing a network First Responders powered by intelligent technology.

Our Values.

  • T - We Treat every emergency as a priority
  • R - We Respond promptlyv
  • U - We Understand local healthcare needs
  • S - We deliver Seamless care by working with partners
  • T - We Train constantly to provide the highest quality care

Co-Founder

Folake Owodunni

Folake is from Nigeria and having enjoyed access to quality healthcare in several countries, she is passionate about ensuring access to healthcare in developing countries. She believes in the concept of ‘everyday heroes’ - we all have a role to play. She has a BSc in Biology from the University of Oregon, and Masters in Global Health & Development from University College London. She met Maame while pursuing a Master in Business Entrepreneurship & Technology (MBET) at the University of Waterloo. She is a Certified First Aid & CPR Instructor with the Canadian Life Saving Society. She has worked at the University of Waterloo, PwC Nigeria and a number of non-profit and private sector organizations in Nigeria, Canada and the United States.

Co-Founder

Maame Afriyie Poku

Maame is from Ghana and has personally witnessed the impact of lack of emergency care. A passionate technologist, she believes in the power of technology to improve health. Maame has a BSc in Management Information Systems from Ashesi University and a Masters in Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (MBET) from University of Waterloo. She has experience working in a fintech and edutech, developing mobile and web applications as well as experience in database management, e-commerce and programming.

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