Child Welfare and Nutrition Monitoring App wins top 2018 app

By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana

Child Welfare and Nutrition Monitoring Application Scoops First Prize, Walks Away With BWP50 000.00 Cash Prize

A team of three youthful men, Kagiso Ndlovu, Badisa Mosesane and Kesego Tumisang, were announced as the winners at an App development symposium held at the new Orange Botswana Head office in the Central Business District recently. Their project, Child Welfare and Nutrition Monitoring App came out victorious, winning the team a cheque of BWP 50,000 (About $5500). The second and third positions were awarded to Tradesman’s App and Thebe Trunk who walked away with P30 000 and P20 000 respectively.

According to the team, the mobile application will make it possible for clinicians to access specific child growth charts quickly and easily through the use of mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. This will be made possible by the use of algorithms run by the system to diagnose whether the child is, malnourished, has stunt growth or any other child related weaknesses. The application will also be used in remote areas where there is weak to no internet connectivity, further allowing clinical professionals to give every child the best care possible.

“Our preliminary pilot results show that the system is feasible and offers a convenient data collection and processing tool for infant growth and development monitoring in Botswana. For this reason, we have named the application MPEPU, a Setswana name referring to the “act of taking care”. We hope that through the app, we will be able to enhance the government’s efforts of centralizing child welfare data collection,” said Badisa Mosesane.

Coincidentally, at The Orange Social Venture Prize, some of the participants walked away victorious. The Orange Social Venture Prize, which is an Orange Group initiative that seeks to boost and encourage start-ups in Africa to develop innovative projects that promote and enhance development in the region. This year, Botswana received a total of 46 submissions from local entrepreneurs and innovators.

According to the Orange PR and Foundation Manager, Ms Boga Chilinde-Masebu, the projects received this year were diverse and included those from the healthcare, e-commerce, education, agriculture and energy sectors; which she noted is an illustration of the entrepreneurial dynamics and telecommunications potential of Botswana and Africa as a whole.

The Top 3 National projects will now be entered into the international competition to compete for the grand prize of 25 000 Euros with winners from other Orange affiliated countries

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