MedTrucks A FrancoMoroccan Invention for Medical Care

By Chaimaa ZahaarRabat – The award-winning MedTrucks strives to fight medical deserts by supplying rural areas with medical equipment.Founded in 2016 by three men of Moroccan origin in Montpellier, the company manages a network of trucks carrying medical supplies to the remote corners of the French and Moroccan countryside. The founders of MedTrucks are from Polytech Montpellier where the company is based, with an antenna in Casablanca at the Bidaya incubator. Biomedical engineers are among the three founders of the company.“A medtruck or a medical truck, can be equipped for a mission of dialysis, dentistry, ophthalmology, medical imaging or pharmacy,” explains MedTrucks CEO Anass El Hilal.El Hilal told the story of how he came up with the idea. One day, he saw a woman fainting at a train station. The woman had to take the train to perform renal dialysis unavailable in her city. “That’s how we got the idea to create a medical concept that will bring medical care closer to people, which will go where other professionals do not.”MedTrucks hopes to install its first two trucks in Morocco in 2017 before gradually tackling the African market. The company, which won the first Orange Prize for Social Entrepreneurship at the end of 2016, was among the star guests of the French delegation to the World Economic Forum held in Amman last May.After the Viva Tech in Paris, MedTrucks will be the guest of the international convention Leaders Meeting, whose 2017 edition will held in Marrakech at the end of the month.