The Cost-Effectiveness of Home Healthcare: How it Can Benefit Insurers and Patients Alike


Home healthcare is a growing trend in the healthcare industry, and for good reason. It offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional inpatient care while providing patients with the comfort and convenience of receiving medical care in their own homes. In Cameroon, where healthcare resources can be limited and overburdened hospitals can make it difficult for patients to receive timely and appropriate care, home healthcare can be a valuable option for insurers and patients alike.

Cost Comparison

One of the main benefits of home healthcare is its cost-effectiveness compared to traditional inpatient care. Studies have shown that patients who receive home healthcare have lower healthcare costs and fewer hospital readmissions. In Cameroon, where medical resources can be limited, home healthcare can be a cost-effective solution for insurers. In addition, by providing care in the home setting, home healthcare can also reduce the burden on Cameroon’s already overburdened hospitals. For example, in the event of a health emergency or outbreak, home healthcare can help reduce the number of patients in hospitals, ensuring that those who need hospital care the most can receive it.

Personalized Care

Home healthcare also offers the advantage of personalized, one-on-one care. Patients receive care tailored to their specific needs and conditions, which can lead to better outcomes and more efficient recovery. In addition, patients are able to receive care in the comfort of their own homes, which can aid in recovery and overall well-being. This is especially important in Cameroon, where many patients may live in remote areas where access to medical care can be difficult.

Use of Technology

Technology and telehealth are also playing an increasingly important role in home healthcare. Remote monitoring, virtual consultations, and other technological advancements allow healthcare providers to monitor patients’ conditions remotely, reducing the need for in-person visits. This can also improve patient outcomes by identifying potential health issues early on. Telehealthcare can be especially valuable in Cameroon, where patients in remote areas may not have easy access to medical care.

Preventing Hospital Readmissions

Home healthcare can also play a critical role in preventing hospital readmissions. By providing care and support in the home setting, home healthcare can help manage patients’ chronic conditions and prevent exacerbations that lead to hospitalization. This not only improves patient outcomes, but it also reduces the overall cost of healthcare for insurers. For example, in Cameroon, where many patients have chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, home healthcare can help prevent hospital readmissions and reduce the overall cost of healthcare.


Home healthcare is a cost-effective alternative to traditional inpatient care that can benefit both insurers and patients in Cameroon. It offers personalized care and the use of technology, which can lead to better patient outcomes and prevent hospital readmissions. As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, home healthcare will likely play an increasingly important role in providing high-quality, cost-effective care. Insurers in Cameroon should consider home healthcare as a valuable option for their clients, especially in scenarios such as health emergencies, outbreaks, and remote areas where access to medical care can be difficult.

Challenges of being a family caregiver

Care provided at home is often considered the preference of the elderly. Informal care—often provided by spouses, adult children, and other family members, accounts for most of the care the elderly currently receive in developing countries. Caring for a loved one can be rewarding; we feel confident of the care our loved one is receiving, we are able to be there for them and also be around them more often, they feel more comfortable expressing themselves to us an also, it is less costly. To most family caregivers, caring for their loved one is one of the most fulfilling experiences, however, it also comes with its own challenges.

Financial strain
In Cameroon, for example, a greater part of the older adult population experience poverty as they are often on retirement, with little or no retirement plans and benefits. Family Caregivers usually tend to pay for health needs out of their pocket and if they have a job that is very demanding they may sometimes have to quit their jobs to take better care of the loved one. This poses a greater financial strain on them and on the family.

Experience burnout
Taking care of a loved one can be very stressful. There are a lot of tasks to handle, from managing medications to helping with getting dressed or bathing. This can sometimes lead to caregiver burnout. Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. It may be accompanied by a change in attitude, from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Caregivers who are “burned out” may experience fatigue, stress, anxiety and depression.

Little time to care for themselves
Depending on how advanced an illness or ailment may be, some patients need round-the-clock care. Eating, bathing, light exercise, medication–these tasks can take up large chunks of a caregiver’s day.

The tendency to mar other valuable relationships
Caring for a loved one can take away time from relationships with others, just as much as it can take away time from self. Dinner dates, hobbies, and other activities with friends and family may seem difficult to attend.

Constant worry
Family caregivers can often find themselves constantly worrying about how their loved one is faring when they are not around them. This can leave the caregiver feeling nervous, restless or tense and quite possibly depressed.

Risk of health issues
Research shows that family members who provide care to individuals with chronic or disabling conditions are themselves at risk. Emotional, mental, and physical health problems arise from complex caregiving situations and the strains of caring for ill relatives. Risk of illness, injury, mortality, weakened immune system, depression and anxiety are usually associated with this situation.

Feelings of isolation
Feelings of isolation and loneliness can arise due to a withdrawal from previous habits and lifestyle. Oftentimes, caregiving duties take up so much of the caregiver’s time that they no longer maintain social connections outside of the home.

Lack of knowledge
Family caregivers typically have little or no medical knowledge. This lack of knowledge can make caregiving seem very daunting, particularly if the older adult’s medical condition is complex and decisions made will impact their health and wellbeing.

Caregiver challenges can have serious ramifications for the lives of family caregivers. It’s important to seek a balance between caregiving and your own life. You can try to; share the responsibility, practice Self Care, be open to technologies and strategies that allow your family member to remain as independent as possible, get a good night’s sleep, focus on what’s truly important, and be up-front about your limitations, ask help from other family members to share in the financial burden.

If practicing these tips still doesn’t help, you can get home health care for your loved one. Home healthcare has the benefit of relieving caregiver stress as someone else can take care of your loved one so you can have time to focus on yourself. You can contact Klarah today to subscribe for home health care for your loved one. Klarah has a network of nurses present throughout Cameroon and can therefore attend to patients from anywhere. Our technological advancement also helps those in the diaspora to keep up with their parents and loved ones health from a distance.

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Klarah Nominated for World Summit Awards

Press Release



BUEA/Salzburg, 23rd September 2022

Smart content combined with optimized utilization of state-of-the-art technology offers immense opportunities to close global and local divides and the achievement of the UN SDGs. KLARAH was nominated as the best national digital solution for CAMEROON for the international WSA (World Summit Awards), awarding yearly digital innovation with an impact on society.  With this nomination in the Category HEALTH AND WELL-BEING, KLARAH qualifies for evaluation by the WSA Jury 2022 among over 350 international nominations – a global diameter of digital innovation, from Canada to Indonesia, from Finland to Mozambique. 

The WSA nominees 2022 show the richness, diversity, future, and innovation of digital solutions on a global scale and prove how digital technology can improve society on each corner of the world.

KLARAH was nominated as the best national digital solution for CAMEROON for the international WSA.

KLARAH provides mobile apps and intuitive dashboards to improve access to healthcare by matching patients to nurses based on patient need, carer experience and their proximity to each other. By leveraging Africa’s illustrious diaspora as initial sponsors for healthcare financing, KLARAH is enabling quality home healthcare in Cameroon with its eyes set on other African countries in the near future.

The WSA 2022 nominees will be evaluated based on seven fundamental criteria: Content, Functionality, Design, Technology, Innovation, Impact and Value. 

“WSA combines two major perspectives in its initiative – first the commitment on the UN SDGs, and how to use ICTs to development.  And second the development of a global knowledge society. The UN SDGs must be our measurement – in terms of what to look at and where to look. Today we are living in a completely different environment – through the mobile revolution, through the emergence of the algorithmic age – data has become a capital as much as labour, land money and machinery. Hence, it is more important than ever to evaluate what is excellent content that really offers solutions and impact. Qualitative, local content has become the key and permanent issue. WSA presents innovation that uses ICT for social connectivity. To hack the global gaps.“ WSA Chairman Peter A. Bruck.

The WSA nominees are selected carefully and highly competitive by the WSA National Experts from more than 184 UN member states. The WSA National Experts nominate up to eight projects for each country – one for every WSA category. 

A nomination to the WSA hence is already an award in itself – the qualification to compete and compare on an international level and being the best practice in Health and Well-being nationally. 


About the WSA

WSA is a global initiative within the framework of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). WSA is the only ICT event worldwide, that reaches the digital-driven social impact community in over 180 countries. WSA highlights digital content improving society and focuses on local content with global relevance.

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Manuela Wagner

WSA Global Community Manager


Klarah Wins HealthTech Challenge

The HealthTech Challenge was a competition to identify three of the most promising start-ups in Africa tackling population health challenges focused on cardiovascular health, breast cancer or virtual health and care. 

Klarah was fortunate to be one of the top three winners and came away with a tone of support but also a $20,000 cash price. 

The award ceremony coincided with the launching of the Norrsken East Africa’s Health Tech Hub Africa based in Kigali, Rwanda.

Rwanda’s ministers of ITC and of Health, Paula Ingabire and Daniel Ngamije both expressed their support and committment to the start ups but also to making the country a true digital player on the continent.

Since 2000, life expectancy in Africa has increased by more than ten years, according to Dr. Ann Aerts, Head of the Novartis Foundation, but chronic conditions such as cancer and heart disease are becoming more common. “We hope the technologies developed at the HealthTech Hub Africa will make a real difference to accelerate detection and access to quality care for chronic diseases. The Novartis Foundation has had a long commitment to improving access to healthcare through breakthrough technologies,” she said.

About Klarah

Klarah is an African tech company that enables individuals and companies to provide quality home healthcare to their loved ones by leveraging technology to match patients to nurses based on patient need, carer experience and their proximity to each other.

About Health Tech Hub Africa

The HealthTech Hub Africa is a new HealthTech accelerator based in Kigali, Rwanda. The hub, located at the Norrsken East Africa House in Kigali, Rwanda and powered by the Novartis Foundation, will host up to 30 startups who will have access to a program that includes capability-building opportunities, partner match-making with the public and private sectors, and mentorship and opportunities to test and validate their solutions in the public health system.

About Novartis Foundation

The Novartis Foundation aims to improve the health of low-income populations by working with local authorities and partners to re-engineer health systems from being reactive to proactive, predictive and preventative.