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IFPMA and Speak Up Africa announce health award shortlist

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

Merio Jimmy, Juba

The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers &

Associations (IFPMA) and Speak Up Africa announce the 15 shortlisted

applicants who are now in the running to win the African Young

Innovators for Health Award in Dakar, Senegal/Geneva, Switzerland, 24

June 2021.

The 15 shortlisted applicants, in alphabetical order, are:

• Angella Kyomugisha, Kaaro Health Uganda

• Chrispin Akuzwe, Smart Chair Patient Monitoring System

• Conrad Tankou, GICMED

• Dysmus Kisilu, SolarFreeze

• Emmanuel Kamuhire, A-Lite Uganda

• Harrison Suhnfor, H&S Technologies

• Imodoye Abioro, Mediverse

• John Mwangi, Daktari

• Mohamed Taha Ben Mhenni, Vitah

• Marie Chantal Umunyana, Umubyeyi

• Nuriat Nambogo, MobiCare

• Peaceman Rwema, Pharmadoc

• Richard Seshie, ALLO SANTE

• Sesinam Dagadu, SnooCODE

• Stephen Ogweno, Stowelink

The Africa Young Innovators For Health Award is an investment in the

the human capital of Africa’s promising young entrepreneurs. The Award

provides financial and in-kind support to three winners of the Award

so they can advance their healthcare solutions and develop their great

potential as enablers of change.

In its first edition, the Award has received more than 300

applications from 33 countries across Africa. A technical review

team of leading global health and business organizations reviewed and

selected the shortlist of 15 applicants. The selection process

considered how innovative, scalable, sustainable, and commercially

viable the applicant's idea is. This review also assessed the ability

of the team to take the innovation to the next stage of development.

And whether the invention supports, equips, protects or trains those

on the frontline of delivering healthcare to communities - healthcare


"From cold storage solutions to diagnostic tools, 3D printing

solutions, and training platforms for healthcare workers – we are

extremely impressed by the applications selected for the shortlist.

These applications are a shining example that young Africans are

passionate about contributing to overcoming our continent’s most

pressing healthcare challenges," says Yacine Djibo, Executive Director

of Speak Up Africa.

Greg Perry, Assistant Director-General, IFPMA, added, "This Award

supports pioneering young health entrepreneurs across Africa bring

their innovations to life. Providing financial and in-kind support to

winners to realize their great potential as enablers of change while

developing local capacity for healthcare innovation. The shortlist is

an important milestone in our search for the three winners.”

The winners' announcement will take place at the official Awards

ceremony on Thursday, 16 September 2021. Winners will receive funding

worth up to a combined $75,000, a three-month mentorship program and

technical support for intellectual property protection if needed.

The Africa Young Innovators for Health Award is supported by AMREF

Health Africa, BroadReach, Ecobank Academy, Forum Galien Africa,

IntraHealth International, Microsoft4Afrika, the Ouagadougou

Partnership, the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété

Intellectuelle, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, and Social Change

Factory. Alongside our media partners: Africa.com, Télésud and


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