Kenya’s First AI-Powered Health Coach For Families With Special Needs Launched

by Business Watch Team

iZola has today launched Xaidi App, a new digital health helper that seeks to empower special needs children and their families by enabling them to navigate their day-to-day life challenges and opportunities in their healthcare journey.

The innovative AI App built by young Kenyans in collaboration with colleagues from Germany leverages data from globally known research institutions and uses cutting-edge GPT technology to provide much-needed assistance by providing special needs children and their caregivers with much-needed information in both English and Swahili, simplifying their journey.

Xaidi is a free, first-of-its-kind community health assistant App, designed to help parents of neurodivergent children feel more supported and confident in handling learning and thinking differences.

Speaking during the launch Mr. Philip Nzenge, Deputy Director, Directorate of Children Services welcomed the launch of Xaidi saying “Children and young people with developmental disabilities are a large and growing population across the globe.

According to the UNICEF 2023 Global Report on Children with Developmental Disabilities, in 2019 there were approximately 317 million children and adolescents with health conditions that contribute to developmental disabilities globally. These children’s needs have however been neglected in health systems planning and policy provisions for health. I, therefore, commend iZola on launching the Xaidi App as this is in line with our mission of creating a barrier-free society of persons living with a disability.”

Reiterating these remarks Dr. Wamuyu Owotoki Co-Founder and CEO of iZola said “For many parents of special needs children, it can be difficult to find resources to enable their children to thrive. Driven by this reality, iZola has created Xaidi a health helper App leveraging artificial intelligence to foster a healthcare ecosystem that is tailored to the diverse needs of special needs families. The App is aimed at creating a safe space where parents and caregivers can ask questions and seek reassurance while receiving feedback instantly 24/7.

“The App further entrenches our mission to provide calm in a stormy world a community for families with special needs children by offering a personalized experience for every caregiver. It provides safe spaces for parents to gather tips and educational resources on learning and thinking differences while seeking advice.” She added.

The digital companion app caters to special needs such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) care journey.

Zaidi can also be used by any Kenyan to access any health information instantly.

Xaidi is currently available on the Google Play Store. For more information about Xaidi visit

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