African innovations tackling serious health problems

Updated 1208 GMT (2008 HKT) August 17, 2018
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Africa is brimming with innovative ideas. These schoolgirls from Nigeria have won the 2018 Technovation Challenge for their app that detects counterfeit medicine.

Scroll through to discover the inventions and innovations coming out of Africa.
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Their mobile app, called, FD-Detector, helps users identify fake medicines using a drug's barcode to verify its authenticity and expiration date. Courtesy Uchenna Ugwu
This biomedical smart jacket created by Ugandan inventor Brian Turyabagye can diagnose pneumonia four times faster than a doctor. It analyzes the chest and then sends the information via Bluetooth to a smartphone app.

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A startup in Dakar, Senegal called JokkoSante helps locals exchange unused medication at a licensed pharmacy for points they can then spend on future medications.

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Nigerian inventor, Osh Agabi, created a device that fuses live neurons from mice stem cells into a silicon chip. The device can be used to detect explosives and cancer cells.

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This touch-screen heart monitoring device invented by Cameroonian entrepreneur, Arthur Zang, records and sends heart activity to a national healthcare center for evaluation.

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Five Kenya teenage girls created an app called i-Cut, designed to connect girls affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to legal and medical assistance.

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Smartphone app Portable Eye Examination Kit (Peek) has been used in Kenya, Botswana and India to test patients who would otherwise find getting proper eye care difficult.

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BeSpecular, an app from South Africa, allows volunteers to remotely assist blind people. The app uses an algorithm to connect the right people, those similar in age and physical location.

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LifeBank is a smart blood system that locates available blood supplies and delivers it to hospitals in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Silicon Valley startup Zipline uses drones to deliver vaccines and blood to remote hospitals and clinics in Rwanda.

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UNICEF and the Malawian government set up a drone testing corridor in Lilongwe to investigate how drones can be used for humanitarian work, like mapping cholera outbreaks and mosquito breeding sites.

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