For about three years now this team has been working on a mobile health app for HIV patients.
Joel Gasana the head of the team is a medical student at a nearby university.
The app that they’ve created will help HIV patients keep up with their treatment.
Rwanda has a very high prevalence of HIV,which is about 3.3 percent of the population.And that as showing that more than twenty seven percent of people on medication,they are not adherent.That’s what pushed me to create an application which will help us to make sure that all patients are into medication.
The team has been selected to compete for an innovation prize at this year’s Next Einstein Forum held in Rwanda.
This is the Next Einstein Forum 2018 in Kigali Rwanda. Welcome.
The Next Einstein Forum is said to be the largest gathering of African scientist.
They discuss innovations to solve local problems.
After a musical opening ceremony Rwanda president Paul Kagame opened the forum.
For too long Africa has allowed itself to be left behind. But that’s starting to change as we see in the important work on display at this forum.
Dr. Rose Mutiso is a clean energy technologist.
I think it’s been really refreshing and really inspiring to see that this community exists.This is a kind of growing and formidable force and we’re part of the global scientific community.
Joel is practicing his pitch, after three days of events and panel discussions.
It’s time to conclude the science competition.
I’m about to do my final pitch. Wish me luck.
Conrad Tankou from Cameroon pitched a digital project to help women with cervical cancer.
Rachel Sibande from Malawi presents an initiative to generate electricity from maize.
In his final effort, Joel explains why his app deserves to win.
And finally the winner is announced and it’s Conrad Tankou from Cameroon. He won $25,000.
I have to say it’s the first time this project is actually getting any recognition.
This conference has a great thing for me I got an endorsement during my pitch.I got an endorsement from the Minister of Health from the Rhonda Biomedical Center and we have now one appointment in the next week.
The forum ends with smiles and a renewed commitment to promote science across Africa.
Chika Oduah from VOA news Kigali