16/09/20

Pandemic tech innovation silver lining

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Episode Seven

Africa Science Focus is back with another exciting episode looking at how the COVID-19 pandemic is inspiring health and education innovations. Young developers in Africa are changing the face of innovation with new ventilators, face masks and gloves, as well as digital learning.

“These new innovations are pushing us towards the new normal, the new trend in the world that is towards technology,” says Victor Sesay, director of technology and innovation in Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Technical and Higher Education.

Joseph Kallah, an innovator from Sierra Leone, who has created an electronically controlled handwashing bucket, says that Africa’s developers want to change the world — but in a simple way.

But, will a lack of funding hold them back?

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Africa Science Focus, with Selly Amutabi.

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This programme was funded by the European Journalism Centre, through the European Development Journalism Grants programme, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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