World's first AI health app in Swahili launches to tackle doctor shortages

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An innovative chat-bot that helps patients and doctors diagnose diseases ranging from malaria to diabetes has become the first health app to launch in Swahili. Developed by Ada Health, the app relies on artificial intelligence, large medical databases and personalised responses to assess an individual's symptoms, suggest a cause and recommend the next stage of treatment. The smartphone chat-bot is already used by roughly eight million people in more than 130 countries across the globe – published in languages including English, French and Spanish. But it has now become the first AI health application to launch in Swahili, a language spoken by almost 100 million people across East Africa – predominantly in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. According to Hila Azadzoy, the managing director of Ada's global health initiative, the expansion will help tackle a shortage of doctors and nurses in the region, where countries have fewer than one physician per 1,000 people on average.