How we used smartphones to test for malaria: lessons from Uganda

We believe that Africa’s widespread adoption of smartphones, even in the most remote areas, could be key to empowering people to administer tests and securely share their results with health authorities.

Working with the Uganda Ministry of Health once more, we set out to develop a diagnostic app to pair with our origami diagnostic system.

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Rwanda: The Challenges of Social Innovation Delivery in Emerging Markets

Recently, I attended a startup accelerator pitch competition in Kigali where 10 teams pitched business solutions to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) challenges faced by Rwandan youth. The top four teams received funding to further develop their ideas. In a country with a young population – 77% of the population is under 25 – and one of the highest fertility rates in Africa – 4.6 children born to every woman – youth SRH interventions are needed, and a pitch competition that encourages local youth to design these solutions is welcome.…

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World’s cheapest smartphone launches in India

Guest post by Ashni Sharma An obscure Indian company, Ringing Bell, is all set to revolutionalize the telecommunication industry by introducing the cheapest smartphone in the world. Yes! You can just skip that 4 Big Mac meals in India to buy this smartphone that costs just 4$. Amidst all tiffs of claiming this five months old company which is yet to build its manufacturing plant, has successfully promoted the Digital India campaign throughout the world. Conferred as Freedom 251, this cheapest smartphone comes with a tagline of “Sapne Sach Hongay”!…

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