On March 3, 12 Tanzanian innovators received a combined 568,575,000 TSh and entry into a valuable mentorship program to turn their ideas into reality. The first round of the ongoing Data for Local Impact Innovation Challenge (DLIIC), which is funded by the U.S. Government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), selected projects around the themes of empowering citizens, getting feedback from communities, and improving access to quality health care and information.
Lulu Said Ameir won with her idea to put vending machines in girls’ secondary schools to dispense low-priced feminine hygiene products.
Mohammed Abdulghany Himidi Msoma won with his idea of developing a website and application that will map out clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies – and provide real-time information about where specialists are working on any given day – so that patients can quickly decide where to go for the treatment they need. Mohammed’s project will begin in Zanzibar and may expand geographically.
The next call for applications will begin this April. You can learn more about the DLIIC at http://dliinnovationchallenge.com/announcing-the-first-challenge-winners/