By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
The iSpace Foundation, a co-working tech and creative hub for startups businesses based in Accra has nominated two Ghanaian startups companies for international programme.
The two startups companies, CODEF Africa and Moja were selected based on applications they have develop to address health issues associated with Ghanaians.
CODEF Africa develops an application called Mind Aide, a mental health application which brings together mental health service providers and other mental health services.
Emmanuel Mbalam, the Lead Project Director said basically Mind Aide application brings doctors and who need mental services together.
“People who need the services can book consultation with these special doctors through the App and they will be taken care of,” he added.
“What the App can also do is that there are some cases which do not need face-to-face consultation with doctors, so doctors can actually give advises on the platform,” he stated.
Mbalam said as part of the functionalities of the application people can upload their prescription and get directed to where they can get those drugs and also know the prices as well.
“Our main focus is on mental health and as part of that we initiated talks and a series of seminars that focus on educating people on mental health,” he explained.
“We did introduce this application after we realized that most Ghanaians are ignorant about mental health and also does not care about what mental health play in their lives. We thought it wise to make people aware of mental health and the role it plays in their lives,” Mbalam said.
CODEF Africa develops Mind Aide application in April 2016 and will be officially launch later in the month.
CODEF Africa, an NGO educating people and creating awareness of mental health and maternal health.
Jonathan Lawel of Moja Project said the application helps the National Blood Bank with blood donors to donate blood.
“The reason why we came up with this idea was that we realized that current statistics (2014) says that 250,000 units of blood required to be collected by the National Blood Service. But only 63,500 were collected and this shows that there is deficit when it comes to blood donation in the country,” Lawel told Daily Express.
He mentioned that the application also keeps all blood donators on record. “What is important is that they becoming regular blood donation customers. We realized that the service do not have such record and sometimes difficult to identify the donors,” he added.
Lawel said the application also offers the donors the avenue to book appointments and donates blood at their own convenient time. “It also helps the donor to be able to locate the closes blood donation center,’ he mentioned.
Lawel said people who needs blood can also go to the application, search the blood type they need and locate the donor who can come and donate to them. “The blood donors also have time table of National Blood Service which they can assess.”
The Moja application also has daily health information which will help the donors what they need to do before donating the blood. “We want the donors to be healthy,” he noted.
Alison Roadburg, the Director at iSpace Foundation told Daily Express that CODEF Africa and Moja will represent Ghana at the Mobile, Young, Opportunity, Unity, Technology, Help (mYouth) programme in Macedonia next month.
She said the mYouth provide capacity building which will help the participants to provide and develop innovative actions that will enable young people to gain high skills for development of mobile applications that solve local issues of education and provide employment.