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Meet the 8 Nigerian Finalists, in WHO Africa Innovation Challenge

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The inaugural challenge of the WHO Africa Innovation recently announced its list of the top 30 finalists. The World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa confirmed this.

The finalists got selected from 2,471 applicants from 77 countries around the world, while 44 of these are from Africa. They were selected, based on the ability of their innovation to scale sustainably and making a potentially global impact.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, in a statement, affirmed the enthusiasm seen among young people, who have taken up the challenge in making valuable contributions to the health-care system in Africa.

“Health innovators have found a new home at WHO, where their innovative ideas will be supported in partnership with our network of stakeholders,” she said.

On Tuesday, March 26, these 30 innovators, with the 8 Nigerians among them, would get showcased in Praia, Cape Verde.

The innovators’ solutions range from data analytics software, mobile health apps, and some molecular tests. On full operation, the innovations would get connected to health experts and angel investors for further support to scale up their ideas.

Here is a list of the 8 Nigerian innovators, that made the list of WHO Africa Innovation Challenge

Integrated Supportive Supervision, (ISS)
ISS provides health system, strengthening in rural areas. The coordination of proper supportive supervision in health facilities has been inefficient for years in rural areas, so also, the methods and metrics used. There has, therefore, been complications and misaligned recommendations.

ISS integrates a number of checklists used by health partners, when conducting integrative supportive supervision and makes this data easily accessible. It also puts it into effective use for the health system of the rural community.

Lend an Arm
Focusing on the non-communicable disease at the urban centers, this platform seeks to use technology and the zest among the youths, to spread health information that would tackle the challenges of chronic and persistent insufficiency of blood.

If these are available, an emergency on healthcare needs and poor outcomes for patients with non-communicable diseases, (NCDs), can be met. When health misinformation exists, these challenges are solved.

This mobile app provides young folks with health information on sexuality and reproduction. With your medical and sexual history, the app can recommend the most suitable contraceptive method for you, following the eligibility guidelines laid by WHO.

This solution addresses the judgment and bias that discourages the young from seeking information on sexual and reproductive health.

Senior citizens in Nigeria and Africa at large, do not enjoy much of health care. GeroCare is bridging the gap created in the lack of medical care for the elderly and simultaneously, trying to increase the life expectancy of an average Nigerian, through its solution.

The Maldor Gift of Sight
This program provides support on eye care to patients earning a low stream of income. For people based in the rural community, they have less access to proper health care.

This solution offers to solve the challenge of preventable blindness and low vision patients, through low-cost prescription eyeglasses, medication, and low-vision aids.

Multisource data and triangulation board
Having multiple sources of data on a platform can help provide a rich source of data. The solution made possible by this platform, combining links and triangulates them in one platform.

There is a visualization of data, which can be shared and used. This can solve the issue of low trust when it comes to the collection and availability of data for individual or national use.

Late detection of Perinatal Asphyxia, has been a major cause of the high rate of newborn mortality and morbidity. Early detection can save a considerable number of lives. This solution aims to identify this problem early, with its application.

Lack of access to accurate, unbiased and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health information, has seen many youths fall prey to the dangers of abortion and sexually transmitted diseases.

This solution tends to provide its users, especially, the young folks, information about sexual orientation.