Out of 300+ applications received across Africa, meet the winners of the first edition of the Africa Young Innovators for Health Award. Here’s how their solutions are supporting, protecting and equipping health workers delivering care to communities.
Conrad Tankou, Global Innovation and Creative Space (GIC Space). Cameroon
Conrad Tankou, a medical doctor passionate about maternal and child health, is the founder and CEO of GIC Space. The company, based in Cameroon, focuses on developing innovative and sustainable tech solutions to provide more accessible and affordable healthcare to women living in disadvantaged communities in Africa. Through its flagship product GICMED, a suite of medical technologies, GIC Space allows for instant screening and diagnosis of breast and cervical cancer with real-time pathology at the point of care for women living in the hardest-to-reach areas. Additionally, GICMED deploys a mobile treatment unit for early-stage cervical cancerous legions. Dr. Tankou has been recognized by the Next Einstein Forum’s Total Startupper program, he was a finalist for the 2021 CISCO Global Problem Solver Challenge, and he was named on the Quartz Africa Innovators’ top 30 list of pioneers.
John Mwangi, Daktari Media Africa. Kenya
John Mwangi, a computer scientist, is the co-founder and CEO of Daktari Media Africa, an independent multi-specialty, multi-cadre healthcare content development and dissemination company. Daktari Online, a product of Daktari Media Africa, was born out of Mwangi’s pursuit to bridge the knowledge gap between doctors working in cities and those in the more remote areas of Kenya. Daktari Online functions as an independent medical education platform supporting the learning goals of over 15,000 healthcare providers for appraisal and re-licensure. The platform achieves this by delivering relevant content created by experts in easy-to-access formats. Mwangi’s innovation was one of only five startups in Kenya that won the 2020 Next Innovation with Japan (NINJA) Business Plan Competition in response to COVID-19, organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Imodoye Abioro. Healthbotics Limited. Nigeria
JImodoye Abioro, a medical doctor and self-taught IBM Cloud software development, is the co-founder and CEO of Healthbotics. As a result of his passion for improving healthcare delivery in Africa, Dr Abioro and his team created Mediverse. This AIpowered electronic medical records system allows healthcare workers to input and retrieve patient records with their voice, working with or without internet access on any device. Mediverse supports doctors with a virtual digital assistant that captures and records vital clinical documentation, prescription, treatment analysis, and prognosis assessment during the delivery of patient care. Dr Abioro and his team have been included amongst the top 30 innovators by the World Health Organization. Healthbotics emerged as the top innovations at the 2020 ITU AI for Development Challenge, the Africa Cup App Launchpad Cup, and the 2021 Princess Diana Awards for social ventures.