Tech for Africa as continent bands together to tackle Covid-19

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Tech for Africa as continent bands together to tackle Covid-19

Developers across the continent are coming up with cost-effective, locally made solutions to address the crisis

AFP

Watching from afar as much of the world was brought to its knees by the coronavirus, African scientists, engineers and innovators have turned to home-grown solutions to prepare for the worst-case scenario.

By the time the virus hit Africa, where cases have risen relatively slowly, images of overwhelmed hospitals and stories of health workers strapped for protective gear had been streaming in for weeks.

Mehul Shah, from Ultra Red Technologies, a 3D printing company in Nairobi, said he and his partner, Neeval Shah, quickly realised they could be “first responders” in producing locally made equipment...

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