The WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) recognises the critical role innovation plays in addressing some of the health challenges and also accelerating progress in attainment of the desired health outcomes in Africa. The WHO Innovation Challenge was officially launched on 8 November 2018. The aim of the Challenge was to source, select and profile innovations including community-based initiatives that apply new and fresh thinking to address unmet health needs on the continent.

WHO will continue to support healthcare innovators through a digital platform. This platform will provide up-to-date, informative content and serve as a dynamic marketplace to connect diverse stakeholders such as government ministries including health, academics, innovators and public and private investors to create an ecosystem that supports further implementation of innovations especially in places that are generally neglected or difficult to reach in Africa.

WHO AFRO is excited to announce the Top 30 finalists of the WHO Africa Innovation Challenge:
Dr. Ashifi Gogo

Dr. Ashifi Gogo

Sproxil Defender
Ghana
Dr. Ime Asangansi

Dr. Ime Asangansi

Integrated Supportive Supervision
Nigeria
Laud Anthony Basing

Laud Anthony Basing

Rapid Molecular Test for Yaws
Ghana
Dr. Gasana Joel

Dr. Gasana Joel

CompanionApp
Rwanda
Charles Onu

Charles Onu

Ubenwa
Nigeria
Dr. Kabamba Alexandre

Dr. Kabamba Alexandre

TB and HIV Diagnostic Assay
Angola
Dr. Ime Asangansi

Dr. Ime Asangansi

Multi-Source Data Analytics and Triangulation Dashboard
Nigeria
Wasswa William

Wasswa William

PapES
Uganda
Denis Oguzu Lee

Denis Oguzu Lee

National Ambulance Services (NAS)
Uganda
Dr. Doris Jema Onyeador

Dr. Doris Jema Onyeador

Maldor Gift of Sight
Nigeria
Dr. Ebinabo Ofrey

Dr. Ebinabo Ofrey

GeroCare
Nigeria
Louis Roux

Louis Roux

Ultra Low-Cost Rapid Diagnostic Test Production
South Africa
Geoffrey Andrew

Geoffrey Andrew

Smart Paper Technology (SPT)
Kenya
Morenike Fajemisin

Morenike Fajemisin

WHISPA
Nigeria
Franck Verzefé

Franck Verzefé

True-Spec
Cameroon
Ephrem Bekele Woldeyesus

Ephrem Bekele Woldeyesus

Integrated Mental Wellness Programme
Ethiopia
Gérard Niyondiko

Gérard Niyondiko

MAÏA
Burundi
Professor Eunice Kamaara

Professor Eunice Kamaara

African Character Initiation Programme
Kenya
Immanuel Hango

Immanuel Hango

Chlorine Production Using Solar Energy
Namibia
Dr. Imodoye Abioro

Dr. Imodoye Abioro

Project Lend an Arm
Nigeria
Dr. Integrity Mchechesi

Dr. Integrity Mchechesi

Afrimom
Zimbabwe
Jacqueline Rogers

Jacqueline Rogers

My Pregnancy Journey
South Africa
Jennifer Rubli

Jennifer Rubli

The Twende Initiative: Available, Affordable, and Accessible Menstruation
Canada
Professor Jo Wilmshurst

Professor Jo Wilmshurst

African Paediatric Fellowship Programme: Building a Paediatric Workforce for Africa, in Africa
United Kingdom (UK)
Joost Van Engen

Joost Van Engen

Healthy Entrepreneurs
Netherlands
Twambilile Phanga

Twambilile Phanga

Youth Friendly Health Service
Malawi
Dr. Misaki Wayengera

Dr. Misaki Wayengera

Pan-Filovirus Rapid Diagnostic Test
Uganda
Gaspard Datondji

Gaspard Datondji

Health Manager – Système intégré de gestion de l'information médicale et sanitaire
Benin
Hans-Eddy GBOSSA

Hans-Eddy GBOSSA

Belle Imagerie
Benin

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