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Africa’s top 5 tech innovations to tackle Covid-19

From a WhatsApp chatbot to a self-diagnosis tool, health technology innovation has thrived in Africa amid the coronavirus.

CAPE TOWN – From a WhatsApp chatbot to a self-diagnosis tool, health technology innovation has thrived in Africa amid the coronavirus.

According to a recent study by the World Health Organization (WHO), the coronavirus pandemic has spurred health technology innovation in Africa.

 

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Here are some of the creative inventions Africans have developed as a response to the challenges of the pandemic:

 

 

  • 3D mask printing 

 

Natalie Raphil is the founder of Artificial Intelligence company Robots Can Think South Africa.She’s using 3D printers to produce 100 masks a day for use in some of Johannesburg’s major hospitals. South Africa accounts for around half of all reported coronavirus cases in Africa.

 

 

  • Rapid 65-minute Covid-19 testing kit

 

South African tech entrepreneurs Daniel Ndima and Dineo Lioma have created a Covid-19 testing kit which provides results in just 65 minutes. Typically, it can take up to three days for Covid-19 tests to produce results. The testing kit is known as qPCR, and features a technology used to measure DNA. The testing kit needs to undergo regulatory approval before it can be rolled out.

 

 

  • Solar-powered hand-washing sink

 

Ghananian Richard Kwarteng and his brother Jude Osei decided to design a solar-powered hand-washing basin. When hands come into contact with a sensor on the device, soapy water is automatically released. An alarm goes off after 25 seconds of hand-washing – within the timescale recommended by the World Health Organization.

 

 

  • Wooden money sanitiser

 

Kenyan  Danson Wanjohi has built a wooden device that sanitises cash notes that are passed through a slot in the machine. Wanjohi constructed the mechanism using a motor, a rubber band and gears which enable notes to pass through the machine. As the notes pass through the device, they are cleaned with a sanitising solution.

 

 

  • $1 Covid-19 Testing Kit

 

Scientists In Senegal Developed A $1 Covid-19 Testing Kit And Plan To Export Millions To African Countries. Originally made to test for Dengue Fever, the test resembles pee-on-a-stick pregnancy technology and can detect the virus in 10 minutes. Patients drop blood or saliva on the device and wait for a line to appear.

 

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