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.Courtesy Uchenna Ugwu
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.
Read more about this biomedical breakthrough.ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images
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.
Read more about Agabi's innovation. Courtesy Koniku Kore
This touch-screen heart monitoring device invented by Cameroonian entrepreneur, Arthur Zang, records and sends heart activity to a national healthcare center for evaluation.