iZola has recently introduced Xaidi App, a digital health assistant specifically designed to support children with special needs and their families. This application aims to simplify the healthcare journey for these individuals by offering tailored information and resources.
iZola is a digital health AI start-up supporting families with neurodivergent children via an AI-integrated therapeutics platform.Its platform connects families of special needs children with qualified and vetted therapists while providing them with a supportive community.
Developed through a collaborative effort between young Kenyan innovators and their German counterparts, Xaidi utilizes data from renowned global research institutions and incorporates advanced GPT technology. This allows it to offer essential information to children with special needs and their caregivers in both English and Swahili, thereby making their healthcare experience more manageable.
Unique in its field, Xaidi is a free community health assistant app. It is crafted to aid parents of neurodivergent children, such as those with learning and thinking differences, by providing them with the support and confidence needed for effective caregiving.
During the app’s launch, Mr. Philip Nzenge, the Deputy Director of the Directorate of Children Services, highlighted the significance of such an initiative. He referenced the UNICEF 2023 Global Report on Children with Developmental Disabilities, which reported approximately 317 million children and adolescents with conditions leading to developmental disabilities worldwide in 2019. Mr. Nzenge commended iZola for introducing a service that aligns with the mission of creating a barrier-free society for persons living with disabilities.
Dr. Wamuyu Owotoki, Co-Founder and CEO of iZola, emphasized the challenges faced by parents of special needs children in accessing resources. She stated that Xaidi, powered by artificial intelligence, aims to build a healthcare ecosystem catering to the diverse needs of these families. The app offers a personalized experience for caregivers, providing a platform for advice, tips, and educational resources on learning and thinking differences.
Xaidi is particularly helpful for managing conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD] and autism spectrum disorder [ASD]. It is also accessible to all Kenyans seeking health information and is currently available on the Google Play Store.