Nigerian Mobihealth Wins AfricaTech Healthcare Challenge
Nigerian-based start-up, Mobihealth International has emerged one of the winners of the AfricaTech Healthcare Challenges 2020, organised by Sanofi biopharmaceutical in Paris, France.
Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB president congratulated the CEO of Mobihealth, Dr. Funmi Adewara in a Saturday tweet.
The finals of the challenge were held online during the week with 11 shortlisted startups pitching to the panel of experts, and 5 winners were selected from the number.
Mobihealth won the challenge on ‘How to help healthcare systems leapfrog from manual to smart logistics solutions at point of care’.
Mobihealth is a Nigerian startup and telehealth platform, which uses telemedicine to provide people in developing countries with access to quality healthcare services through its fully integrated telehealth electronic medical records and video app.
A Senegalese startup EYONE won the challenge on ‘How to support patients with a digital health book in order to access information and make decisions. Eyone offers shared medical files for patients to have access to their medical records anywhere and at any time, and are also connected to 35 online health professionals that have partnered with the startup.
Mama Prime, a Kenyan health fintech won the Challenge on ‘How to improve financing and impact of innovative health solutions in Africa’.
The Sanofi Espoir Foundation challenge on ‘How to improve maternal and neonatal health in sub-Saharan Africa’ had 2 winners; Teheca, a Ugandan startup connecting expectant mothers and qualified nurses; and the University Agency Innovation, a Cameroon based startup.
At the start of 2020, Sanofi called on startups and techpreneurs across Africa to submit applications to its four healthcare challenges.
Of the 268 applications received from 34 African countries, 11 were shortlisted based on five criteria: project maturity, early results, relevance of the solution, market potential and business model, as well as the skills and expertise of the team.