Health

For decades, Africa has faced many endemic diseases: yellow fever, malaria, trypanosomiasis and infrastructure quality problems, lack of medical staff, difficulty in delivering drugs …. This affects considerably and sustainably the health of millions of Africans.

 

Despite very encouraging growth, the African continent still faces the fragile health of the entire population. To overcome the inadequacy of health systems, more and more digital initiatives to fight against recurrent infections and diseases are gradually emerging.

 

AfrikaTech’s goal is to highlight health-related initiatives in Africa. I want to bring together articles that open the mind to what tomorrow’s health system may be. The Africa of tomorrow is being built today, together.

Founded by Sedric Degbo, REMA is an Ivorian startup that aims to improve the quality of medical decisions by connecting all African doctors through a mobile app that allows them to publish, discuss, resolve patient cases and collaborate in real time to make better medical decisions. Introduce yourself and your journey My name is Dr …

Four young Cameroonian women have developed an application that links patients and potential blood donors. Aged between 13 and 14 years old and enrolled in the fourth grade at Quality International School in Yaounde, their names are Queenie Gold Ekinde Mekolle Muke, Rose Diella Tikum Ngo Sii, Julienne Daphne Tchouenmegne Ngomegni and Joyce Lesley Forkou …

The countries of the East African Community (ECA) have called on development partners to roll out a digital health strategic plan. The plan, which runs from 2019 to 2028, aims to transform the provision of health services in capitalization on information and communication technologies to not only improve people’s access to care but also to …

A young Ugandan software engineer won the African Innovation Award for developing a device to screen for malaria without a blood test, according to the Royal British Academy of Engineering. Brian Gitta, 24, and his team developed the device named Matibabu, which means “medical center” in Swahili, after blood tests failed to diagnose his own …

From Cameroon to Morocco, start-ups make digital a weapon to fight against medical deserts. Some of them will be in Paris for Viva Tech. It flies to the rescue of future mothers to remote areas, even shaken by the jihadists of Boko Haram. Founded in Yaoundé (Cameroon) in 2013, start-up Gifted Mom (a talented mother, …

The French multinational, Sanofi, a partner of Viva Technology, an international event dedicated to the growth of start-ups, digital transformation and innovation, has selected 10 African start-ups who will be able to present innovative solutions to improve access to health in Africa. These are Appenberg Digital Publishing (South Africa), Bisa (Ghana), GiftedMom (Cameroon), Infomed Healthcare …

Founded by Dr. MONKAM TSOKAM Eloi Hermann, Thea [That health again] is an application that allows any patient regardless of their geographical location to chat in real time with a doctor or health professional via a smartphone or computer without to necessarily have to move.   Introduce yourself and your journey (briefly) I am Dr. …

Here are five African inventions which may take off in 2017. An electricity grid for the whole village Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Problem: A total of 1.3 billion people worldwide currently don’t have electricity, according to Yale Environment 360. Getting people in rural areas on to the national grid is proving too difficult and traditional solar …

With the immense success of companies like Uber and Lyft, ride-sharing technology has boomed into a multi-billion dollar industry within the past decade. Now a new platform is looking to stake its claim in the marketplace. Moovn is a ride-hailing mobile application founded by Godwin Gabriel. The app currently operates in 7 U.S. cities (Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, Boston, MA, …

Tech hubs (also referred to as ‘knowledge labs’, ‘incubators’, or ‘co-working spaces’) are the shining beacons of every startup ecosystem in Africa, writes David Winkelmann. They’re cited by journalists as evidence of a country’s entrepreneurial drive, aiming to churn out hip startups that employ the brightest and most ambitious talent that the country has to …

Madagascar has become the latest African country to leverage drones to deliver essential healthcare services to remote rural communities. Clinical lab samples collected from far-flung villages are transported via drones to a central lab. The initiative, a collaboration between the government, Vayu, Inc. and Stony Brook University, will help to leapfrog infrastructural challenges affecting the …

From the fruit seller at the side of the road to the fisherman supplying a market, informal businesses account for the majority of economic activity on the continent. The space is made up of necessity entrepreneurs, due to a shortage of job opportunities, and many have a limited formal education, if any at all. Inventory …

The future will be built in Africa, Facebook FB +0.26% CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in Nigeria, before travelling to Kenya, the “world leader” in mobile money, on his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa, a surprise trip which has propelled Africa’s entrepreneurial spirit into the news. “It’s inspiring to see how engineers here are using mobile money …

Last mile logistics and delivery are the bane of many a business across Africa.  And so in true form, the continent’s tech entrepreneurs are solving the problem, increasingly making courier and delivery services available at the touch of a finger. Here, Disrupt Africa highlights five African e-courier startups to watch. ACE Nigerian  e-commerce logistics startup …

Adedayo Charis, an engineering student and entrepreneur from Nigeria, currently residing in Australia, is set to launch his tracking device startup iKON Tracker. iKON Tracker is a tech device that can be attached to any non-tech item to give people a means to track their belongings. While this application is very much a way to help …