When Tech Aids Mothers in Africa

Remember goal 4 and 5 of the Millennium Development goals?

For those who thought “Reduce Child Mortality and Improve Maternal health”, You guessed right!

In Nariobi, Amref Health Africa and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company partnered to deal with this impending issue during the ‘Innovate4life’ hackathon where innovators from different parts of Africa built startups that will help reduce the mortality rates by focusing on the challenges faced by expectant mothers.

15 finalists were shortlisted to participate in the 48 hour long Hackathon at Amref Health Africa Head Quarters.

After 2 months, judges finally presented 3 winners of the Innovate4Life Hackathon.

HelpMum from Nigeria came up with a mobile app that will relay constant broadcast messages to expectant mothers in their respective indigenous language for the purpose of reducing the knowledge gap on health care information.


Chango plus from Kenya sort to provide a mobile service that offers a digital vaccination management alternative by tracking and tracing every individual child’s vaccination history, tracking vaccination defaulters through Geo-tagging and generating vaccination data real time .


Wekebere from Uganda came up with the brilliant idea of a handheld self diagnostic device that monitors conditions of unborn babies.


The startups will take part in an acceleration program, through the guidance of Nailab, in their respective countries, and access to seed capital of KES 300,000 (US$3,000).


Information sourced from www.ahaic.org and www.techloy.com

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