Starting off as a managing consultant, Thato Mabudusha now uses her skills to help with health innovation on the African continent. Since she was a child she has been inspired to help others and give back to the community.
“Most of the family on my mother’s side are into healthcare and public service, so it’s kind of always been in our blood since we were young that we were here to make a difference and do something with what we’ve received,” she says.
“I feel like I’ve been given these incredible opportunities and education and networks, and if I’m not using it to benefit other people who need it, then I feel like my life isn’t being used to its full potential.”
She started off her career in the financial aid sector, working mostly in East Africa. While the company was doing a lot of incredible work, Mabudusha says she felt like she wasn’t really making an impact herself, so she left and joined Discovery Vitality.
“That’s where my journey into health really kicked off,” she said. After Discovery, she moved onto Life Healthcare, where she helped develop a technology which she calls “Capitec for healthcare, so it’s low cost, high quality”.
Along with a team she has developed a fully digital primary health clinic. At the clinic, people can get access to healthcare for R250, medication and a doctor’s consultation.
Her work relies heavily on technology, and Mabudusha says the fourth industrial revolution is fundamental for increasing access to healthcare. “In Africa it can be used to deliver medicine faster to people who don’t have access. Technology isn’t the only answer. We also need to have empathy and care about people, but I think it’s a tool that can help us,” she said.
She is working towards an MA at the Wits Business School. In the future Mabudusha says she wants to work in a space to solve social problems using technology. Along with that, she wants to help create a network that helps to develop entrepreneurs. “I want to bring out the best in people.” — Fatima Moosa