By Ann Brown
From WhatsApp chatbots to self-diagnosis tools, Africans are devising mobile tech solutions to contain the spread of the coronavirus amid fears it could have disastrous effects for the continent’s most vulnerable.
Africa has not been as badly hit by coronavirus as other continents so far – with roughly 6,000 people infected, according to a Reuters tally, compared to about 500 000 in Europe.
But experts fear the respiratory disease could have a catastrophic impact on a continent with shaky healthcare systems and where soap and clean water for hand washing are out of reach for many.
From IOL. Story by Kim Harrisberg.
Governments, charities, and entrepreneurs are racing to tap local knowledge to spread awareness of the virus simply and swiftly and prevent it from reaching overcrowded, under-resourced slums.
“A majority of Africa’s problems require mostly African solutions or solutions designed with Africans in mind,” said Wale Adeosun, the chief executive officer of Nigeria-based Wellvis company, an online health information platform.
Which is one reason many of these new tech tools like chatbots are made for mobile phones. Click here to read entire article