Ghanaian health tech startup Berry Health has raised $1.6 million in a pre-seed funding round co-led by Lightspeed Ventures and General Catalyst, marking Lightspeed's first investment in Africa. Berry Health aims to address the stigma around sexual and mental health in Africa, which has contributed to high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and mental health issues on the continent. The startup offers remote diagnosis and treatment for conditions such as anxiety, depression, sexual health, dermatology, and hair loss through telemedicine and online consultations. Users can interact with licensed medical doctors or clinical psychologists, receive personalized treatment plans, and have medications delivered to their homes. Berry Health plans to charge a yearly subscription fee of $26 for access to its services and $5 per consultation with clinicians. The company, which has a diverse executive team with experience in the U.S. and Europe, aims to emerge from stealth mode at the end of the following month.
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