UNICEF Set To Invest Over GHc1 Million In Health App For School Girls
Feb. 17, 2020
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has expressed interest in supporting a health app that serves as an advisor using WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger as platforms.
The app, Lily Health, is set to attract between $50 to $250,000 from the United Nations’ agency.
Duke University and UNICEF announced that the app has been given a spot in the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator.
Per a report by Business Insider, the programme gives the opportunity for social enterprises to tackle the most pressing challenges that children and youth around the world contend with.
The app gives over 120,000 women in Kenyan the ability to monitor their health statuses.
Lily Health is set to join five other entrepreneurs in the Innovation Accelerator programme to create and improve innovative ways of addressing menstrual health and hygiene in East Africa and beyond.
In the course of the two-year Innovation Accelerator programme, the entrepreneurs would be exposed to several resources.
These include UNICEF subject matter experts, mentorship opportunities, Duke University faculty and students, monthly capacity-building webinars, and a week-long residency at the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (I&E).
The beneficiaries are to provide solutions that span from digital apps to reusable and disposable pads, to community health models – all aim to strengthen menstrual health, hygiene, and management while tackling pervasive cultural taboos and educational barriers surrounding menstruation.
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