Innovate For Life! Powered by AMREF Health Africa

AMREF Health Africa in collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Nailab,put out a call for application in December 1st  2016 through the campaign Innovate For Life, calling for innovative solutions to help curb Maternal Mortality and Infant Loss rates in Africa and across the globe. The campaign called for techpreneurs, midwives, doctors and entrepreneurs to learn, discuss and understand the preventable causes that contribute to the high mortality rates and consequently develop solutions that could be rolled out under the leadership of Amref Health Africa.

The campaign,  through various engagements online and offline saw a total of 117  applications submitted to the program.

The applications were then vetted and narrowed down to 15 innovations whose founders attended a two day hackathon at the Amref Health Africa Headquarters, in Nairobi.

The Hackathon, held on the 7th and 8th of March, produced 3 winning innovations, Chanjo Plus from Kenya, Wekebere from Uganda and HelpMum from Nigeria (please hyperlink to the sites), who presented their innovative solutions at theAfrica Health Agenda International Conference, (AHAIC 2017). The The 3 winning social-entrepreneurs will go through an acceleration program in their countries of operation, through the guidance of Nailab, and this will see them paired with expert mentors, received training and coaching on different businesses support service and allow them access to seed-capital of KES 300,000.

Due to the competitiveness of the solutions developed at the hackathon, 2 other startups were selected and Nailab offered to  support them through acceleration. The two, Pregmum and Afya plan, will over the next 3 months, work alongside Nailab who will offer business support services in  refining their products and testing as they prepare to roll out the solutions to the market.

The campaign has been part of the Africa Health Agenda by Amref Health Africa, which seeks to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by providing a new framework for global health.

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