The first health innovation challenge came to a close on 2nd December with the 12 final teams pitching in their ideas to receive a seed funding of 2500£ to each of the ten teams.
Keeping the money aside, the training these teams have received during the acceleration phase has not only guided them in carving their crude ideas to action but also an asset they will take anywhere with them. Hopefully use it to develop other health and non health related ideas that are going to help solve the unemployment crisis in our country .
If you are strategically looking for a friend, get you one of these mawazo challenge champions 🙂
The ideas were assessed basing on sustainability and practicality. These are characteristics Brian P. Mnyampi confessed to have been missing in most innovations he had come across while at Buni Hub. “Solutions without problems” as he called them .
The ten winners of the challenge were ;( Not in any order)
Offering screening tests for lifestyle disease such as diabetes and high blood pressure which has become a public health diseases.Also advocating for lifestyle changes that enables us to control and prevent these diseases. Because they are!
Using digital media platform and outreaches through projection of animation so as to reach adolescents in rural and urban areas of Tanzania . These animations will increase awareness among adolescents and reduce new infections by providing education.
Pharmlink is an e-pharmacy platform which enable retail pharmacies and drug stores to make wholesale drug orders,manage inventory and track medicine flow.This convenience hopes to reduce cases of counterfeits and make drugs easily available in pharmacies.
4.Ongea na Daktari
A call center to provide quick affordable access to medical personnel in cases of quick first aid information ,counseling and consultation that doesn’t require direct doctor patient contact.
A mobile application with information of on pregnancy care and healthy meal planning for children.With informed mothers imama looks forward to reduce the maternity mortality that is painfully high in our country .
Focused on promoting proper use of drugs , Jamii medical awareness empowers the society with information by reaching them through everyday products and providing education. With this the increasing public health concern of drug resistance in treating diseases will be controlled.
Women are least informed and empowered when it comes to decision making in sexual reproductive matters.Juliana product was created just for that.A package that gives women of reproductive age access to sexual reproductive health products in one package including contraceptives, information and a urinary pregnancy test.
A mobile based insurance that will help low income citizens to access health services.The socioeconomic gap and the health system in Tanzania puts a low income individual between a hard place and a rock .M-Bima looks forward to alleviate the situation.
9.Afya Pamoja ;Referrals made easy
Having designed a convenient way for patients to be refereed from one hospital to another, Afya Pamoja looks into ensuring the availability of expected servise, expert and alerting the receiving health care facility.
Under five year old malnutrition has also been a loud cry allover Tanzania and Sub-Saharan Africa.It is unfortunate that it is also at this time that a child needs a proper diet for growth and development the most. To lack the nutrients in the diet results in irreversible damage and stunting in his development.Spirulina powder contains proteins, vitamins and minerals , these three are usually most associated with malnutrition.
These ideas are addressing our health challenges and its our responsibility to keep up with the pace towards making Tanzania and all of the sub saharan countries better. (We hold about 80% of most of the health problems)
Congratulations to all these Change makers.
Power to you.
I want you guys to understand one thing, you guys are young leaders to whom the hope of our health sector is in your hands. With this ideas, understand that you can do more than what your doing today”
@ismail_biro director of programs from @tanzania_bora #MawazoChallenge
Check out their websites and social media pages to know more .
HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR ALL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
Holiday time ,
A time we have been looking forward to since school started! Blink and share this post if you can relate!
I am a big pro-balance , i believe in late nights, early mornings and coffee but i also believe it is essential to lay back in the Bahamas and have someone bring you a Cool Mojito . So what do you do when you have a month or two of rest. Read On.
A bit Clichè right? But how many of us actually rest at least half of the time during the holiday?
While it is sometimes inevitable to reply that email, Attend that client, making time to take care of you, catch up on your favourite tv show or just sitting and breathing helps clear your brain and make you even more productive.
2. Learn a skill.
What a time to be Alive! Your next skill is literaly a few taps away. This skill can be a hobby you have been looking to get better at like sewing, singing, piano , cooking or something intergral in your career like history taking for new clinical rotation students or something you have wanted to do on the side( you have been talking about how you do not have time, and now Its here! ).
One of the founders of Afyatoon , an animation start-up that provides health education actually learnt how to animate during his summer holiday.
There are some things that are not taught in school and you are probably struggling with such as speaking in public , budgeting , dressing well, healthy living & more. Take time to train yourself on that.
3. Work on your side hustle
Balancing between studies and work is a challenge. Sometimes they are all demanding our time and energy. The holiday time therefore is a great time to focus on this thing , give it a mega push and this push will even save you the hustle when school starts.
4. Learn, explore and grow.
It is really eye-opening to learn a new thing or get to understand a certain topic . This can be a great time to do that. There is vast majority of knowledge and information on blogs, social media and in the actual world for you to learn .
Be curious, google , check out some you tube videos . But most of Enjoy your holiday .
What are you doing this holiday?
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LOSING MY REPUTATION TO AN ADDICTION;LESSONS IN MY TWENTIES
You know the saying it takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to destroy it, the sad truth about this is it is TRUE.
What if I told you am a doctor well-loved by my patients, have saved lives several times. The first image you will have of me is a well-rounded and respectable man. Well that was me a few years ago. I was the man. I did everything right, straight As, focused, well-mannered. Everyone who knew me wanted to carry me around like a trophy. Currently, I am a recovering alcoholic, I have practically no friends, colleagues barely answer my calls, but it wasn’t always like that, a decade ago.
One of the most important lessons you will learn in your twenties is we all have our demons. Some it’s an ex who wronged us, others its sex, mine well was alcohol and an ex of course. For most of us, our proper relationships begin at our late teenage years and twenties.
I met a lady a few years back and unlike the fairy tales,It did not last. Alcohol was my demon and I turned to it as a coping mechanism. I drank so much when my relationship crumbled, I lost a lot of friends and let family members down.
In one year my reputation changed from a hardworking guy to an alcoholic failure. The thing is bad reputations stick more than good ones, I haven’t touched a drink in more than two years, but I still get labeled as such.
Am turned 30 this year, I feel like my twenties have flown by so fast and, yet I have changed and grown a lot. I have had my share of bad days, weeks and months and am I yet to have more. I am aware that I need to develop my coping skills and speak or deal with what bothers me instead of finding unhealthy and destructive coping mechanisms.
So, here’s my take from it all.
Mistakes are a significant part of our twenties and a better off made NOW. There are less people that might be affected by you deciding to use all your money betting on Croatia for a good number of us.
In your twenties learn to reach out to a falling friend. So many times, we see friends failing and we never say a word. Speaking to our circle of support in times of highs and obviously takes a big load of our minds and theirs too.
Success might take twenty years to achieve, don’t feel outdone. Social media is like a highlight reel of or lives. We are not seeing a great deal of the backstage to which we compare ours with.
Another thing is your reputation will NEVER recover, but its alright. People will give you a second chance, they will support you, but will remind you of your faults, Accept your faults learn what happened has happened.
So, what should you do? Simple, wear your flaws and do not be ashamed of your struggles. Do not try to convince people your flaws aren’t a part of you. Life gets easier when you are open, it might seem tough, but you will cope.
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