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Top Health Care Apps Made By Africans

Izunna Okpala



Leading academics, CIOs, regulators, NGOs, service providers, and EduTech entrepreneurs will convene at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg on the 17th of March 2016 for the upcoming 2016 Education Innovation Summit.

Healthcare and technology executives will convene at the Protea Fire & Ice Hotel in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, today for the African Innovator Healthcare Summit. The Summit will address the theme – “Transforming Healthcare with Technology.”

Africa is constantly evolving, and with it so is the healthcare and technology sector.

From location based mobile applications that allow users to find the closest health center… to identifying counterfeit medication, We’ve has highlighted some of the top healthcare apps for Africa below.

Top Health Care Apps

Featured in the IT News Africa top mobile apps made in Africa feature, Find-A-Med is a location based mobile application that allows users to find the closest health center. Additionally, the app also stores your basic health information in case of an emergency. The app aims to make all healthcare facilities across Nigeria accessible and searchable from a mobile device.

Kids First Aid
As Africa is a connected continent, first aid tips are at the tap of an app. The Kids First Aid app gives emergency information to parents and teachers when they need it- an indispensable app for when you are travelling in a place where perhaps you don’t speak the language or when help is not easily reachable. The app was built in South Africa and won the 2013 MTN Business App award for best windows app.

Hello Doctor
Hello Doctor provides free essential healthcare information that is updated on a daily basis. The app also provide access to healthcare advice, answers to health-related questions in live group chat forums, confidential one-on-one text conversation with a doctor, and the ability to receive a call back from a doctor within 60 minutes.

The app is currently available in 10 African countries and features various language options. Additionally, Hello Doctor has been designed  to work with most mobile phone models. Download Hello Doctor from the official website

MomConnect is a National Department of Health (NDoH) initiative to use cellphone SMS technology to register every pregnant woman in South Africa. The app is essentially managed by the Department of Health with funds provided by the United States government and Johnson & Johnson. Once registered ,the system will send each mother messages to support her and her baby during the course of her pregnancy, childbirth and up to the child’s first birthday.

According to the NDoH, MomConnect aims to strengthen demand and accountability of Maternal and Child Health services in order to improve access, coverage and quality of care for mothers and their children in the community. Visit the official website here.

Smart Health App
The Smart Health App focuses on providing accurate baseline information resource on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. The app is currently available in Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Angola, Ghana, and Senegal.

Additionally, future releases will include information on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Nutrition, Hygiene, Non-communicable diseases. The app also features a range of language options, which includes: English, French, Portuguese and Swahili. Download the Smart Health App here.

Developed in Uganda by team Code8, Matibabu is a smartphone app that assists patients to diagnose malaria without providing a blood sample. Using a custom-made piece of hardware (matiscope), custom made piece of hardware which consists of a red LED and a light sensor. A finger is inserted into the device to diagnose and the results are viewed via a smartphone. Visit the official website here.

MedAfrica was launched by Kenyan developers, Shimba Technologies. According to the developers, MedAfrica essentially acts as a clinic in your pocket. The app can be used to diagnose and monitor symptoms caused by diseases.

Additionally, the app also provides the user with a directory of doctors and hospitals close by as well as provides information on potential treatment for diseases. To add to the features the app can also be used to identify counterfeit medication and a direct a user to the nearest doctor or hospital. Download the app here.

Residents in Egypt can use the DrBridge in order to make appointments with a doctor online via Vezeeta. Alternatively, doctors can use the very same app to obtain a patients’ medical records. The records are stored online, for easy access by the doctor. Visit the official website here.

Charles Onu is the principal innovator behind Ubenwa, a digital health initiative which applies machine learning and mobile technology to provide portable, affordable, and reliable diagnosis of birth asphyxia.

As mentioned by Zuby Onwuta who is the CEO ThinkandZoom, mPedigree is a phone-based anti-counterfeit ICT software application – which allows users to verify the authenticity of medication. According to the app developer, this is done for free by text-messaging a unique code found on the product to a universal number. The system helps to tackle the problem of counterfeit medicine by partnering with different pharmaceutical to create a short code on the package of products.

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These telemedicine companies are transforming the way doctors will treat patients in the future.

Izunna Okpala



Telemedicine exploded during the pandemic, after years of steadily gaining popularity. Companies are now capitalizing on this momentum to bring in the next wave of remote health, expanding beyond simple doctor consultations to a high-tech world of healthcare access without ever leaving the house.

Dr. John Batsis, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, remarked that the pandemic “actually promoted new techniques for remote monitoring, production, and development of devices.” “Wherever there is a customer need, there will be startups, equity, and businesses attempting to meet those requirements.”

Tyto Care, an on-demand medical exam company that aspires to duplicate in-person visits with home medical kits, is one company reconsidering televisits. Dedi Gilad, the company’s CEO and co-founder, came up with the idea eight years ago while his daughter was suffering from recurrent ear and throat infections.

Meanwhile, Sanford Health in the Midwest, the country’s largest rural health care organization, has adopted a similar strategy. Rather of adapting devices for remote usage, doctors taught patients how to record their results at home using the same tools they used during in-person appointments.

According to Sanford Health, “home monitoring kits” containing a fetal ultrasound monitor and a blood pressure cuff were distributed to patients with low-risk pregnancies, allowing women to use virtual care for nearly a third of their prenatal care appointments during the pandemic.

Other telemedicine startups, such as Kiira in Los Angeles, are focusing on increasing access to underprivileged areas. The company’s virtual care app, which links women to primary care providers, OB-GYNs, mental health experts, and more through phone, video, and chat 24 hours a day, seven days a week, aims to bridge the healthcare gap for women in college, particularly women of color.

Historically, black and brown people have faced numerous impediments to healthcare, including fees, access to care, and even access to clinicians of color. Students are frequently hesitant to enter because they do not see a provider who looks like them…. One of the things that has been absent for a long time is the ability to see someone who you can relate to and speak with a provider from the comfort of your own home.

Virtual visits can be conducted, prescriptions can be written, and lab tests can be ordered using the app. Kiira’s monthly fee is covered by colleges, so students don’t have to pay for it. It presently serves four universities and approximately 3,000 students, with ambitions to grow to 22,000 students later this year.

Spora Heath, another affordable telemedicine startup, focuses on offering a primary care network for African-Americans. The $10-per-month service compels its physicians, 90 percent of whom are persons of color, to complete “culture-competence training” and workshops in order to better understand and support the communities they serve.

These technologies are going to be integrally important in managing patient’s health now and in the future.

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Weight loss-related adverts are no longer allowed on Pinterest – Pinterest CEO

Izunna Okpala



Pinterest stated on Thursday that all weight-loss adverts will be removed from its site, in an effort to prohibit content that promotes unhealthy or disordered eating patterns.

Ads containing language or visuals that promote or degrade particular body types will also be prohibited, according to the bookmarking site.
“Since the Covid-19 pandemic began last year, there has been a dramatic spike in harmful eating patterns and eating disorders in young people,” Pinterest (PINS) stated in a statement, citing data from the National Eating Disorders Association.

The new policy will take effect on Thursday. The issue for platforms, as with any online content moderation policies, is usually not so much in establishing the rule as it is in enforcing it and ensuring that no one breaks it.

While Pinterest is now widely regarded as a happy place on the internet, it used to be plagued by content that encouraged potentially hazardous diet and lifestyle practices, also described as “thinspiration,” “thinspo,” or “pro-anorexia.” Pinterest prohibited similar content in 2012, but in the years afterwards, pro-eating disorder content has been discovered on the platform.

The company announced on Thursday that it had already banned some weight-loss-related ads, including those with before-and-after photographs, weight-loss medications or procedures, and “body shaming.”

However, its new policy aims to go even further by prohibiting all weight-loss-related language and images, including testimonials about weight reduction or weight-loss products, as well as allusions to BMI or equivalent indices. Pinterest claims to be the “only big platform” that does not allow such adverts.

“We encourage others in the industry to follow suit and admit, once and for all, that one-size-fits-all doesn’t exist,” the company added.
Pinterest will continue to allow ads promoting “healthy lifestyles” or fitness products and services as long as they do not promote weight loss, according to the business. The policy was created with the help of the National Eating Disorders Association.

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A conference on blockchain and health is scheduled to be held at the Africa Blockchain Developers Call.

Izunna Okpala



The Africa Blockchain Developers Call (ABDC) Pan-African Bootcamp on blockchain technology has declared its intention to hold a weekend conference on incorporating blockchain technology into Africa’s health sector.

In an attempt to execute comprehensive blockchain training sessions and promote the implementation of specially designed applications for different sectors in Africa, the Bootcamp, officially launched on 5 September, has taken on a host of African developers.

The Bootcamp also features virtual weekend conferences on many use-cases for blockchain. These conferences are aimed at encouraging creative and comprehensive discussions on the implementation of blockchain technology in Africa, including platform presentations by businesses and panel sessions on many Blockchain issues. The first meeting, focusing on Blockchain in Finance, took place on September 5. It featured a keynote speech given by Professor Anicia Peters, University of Namibia Pro-Vice Chancellor for Science, Innovation and Development.

The next conference, scheduled to take place on October 3rd, will focus on the theme: Blockchain in Health. The keynote speech will be given by Arnab Paul, President of the Kolkata Chapter in India. Several organizations and startups will also give platform presentations via their representatives based on medical use cases for blockchain technology.


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