Melissa founded Access Afya in 2012. Influenced by her time in Kenya working in sustainable economic development in 2007, Melissa felt both a need for, and seen a market for, better care. While the gap in reliable health was tangible, and the solutions are emerging, they were not being systematically applied to low-income populations. She started Access Afya to correct this and ensure that patient centered, outcomes oriented, digitally driven primary care could be accessible to even the poorest populations.
Melissa brings broad experience from financial and development sectors combined with a human-centered design framework. Her work has been recognized by the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy and the Cartier Foundation. She has spoken globally about the Access Afya model.