Top 10 healthcare apps for Africa

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Africa is constantly evolving, and with it so is the healthcare and technology sector.

Healthcare and technology executives will convene at the Protea Fire & Ice Hotel in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, today for the African Innovator Healthcare Summit. The Summit will address the theme – “Transforming Healthcare with Technology.”

Africa is constantly evolving, and with it so is the healthcare and technology sector.

From location based mobile applications that allow users to find the closest health center… to identifying counterfeit medication, IT News Africa has highlighted some of the top healthcare apps for Africa below.

Top Apps

Featured in the IT News Africa top mobile apps made in Africa feature, Find-A-Med is a location based mobile application that allows users to find the closest health center. Additionally, the app also stores your basic health information in case of an emergency. The app aims to make all healthcare facilities across Nigeria accessible and searchable from a mobile device.

Kids First Aid
As Africa is a connected continent, first aid tips are at the tap of an app. The Kids First Aid app gives emergency information to parents and teachers when they need it- an indispensable app for when you are travelling in a place where perhaps you don’t speak the language or when help is not easily reachable. The app was built in South Africa and won the 2013 MTN Business App award for best windows app.

Hello Doctor
Hello Doctor provides free essential healthcare information that is updated on a daily basis. The app also provide access to healthcare advice, answers to health-related questions in live group chat forums, confidential one-on-one text conversation with a doctor, and the ability to receive a call back from a doctor within 60 minutes.

The app is currently available in 10 African countries and features various language options. Additionally, Hello Doctor has been designed  to work with most mobile phone models. Download Hello Doctor from the official website

MomConnect is a National Department of Health (NDoH) initiative to use cellphone SMS technology to register every pregnant woman in South Africa. The app is essentially managed by the Department of Health with funds provided by the United States government and Johnson & Johnson. Once registered ,the system will send each mother messages to support her and her baby during the course of her pregnancy, childbirth and up to the child’s first birthday.

According to the NDoH, MomConnect aims to strengthen demand and accountability of Maternal and Child Health services in order to improve access, coverage and quality of care for mothers and their children in the community. Visit the official website here.

Smart Health App
The Smart Health App focuses on providing accurate baseline information resource on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. The app is currently available in Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Angola, Ghana, and Senegal.

Additionally, future releases will include information on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Nutrition, Hygiene, Non-communicable diseases. The app also features a range of language options, which includes: English, French, Portuguese and Swahili. Download the Smart Health App here.

Developed in Uganda by team Code8, Matibabu is a smartphone app that assists patients to diagnose malaria without providing a blood sample. Using a custom-made piece of hardware (matiscope), custom made piece of hardware which consists of a red LED and a light sensor. A finger is inserted into the device to diagnose and the results are viewed via a smartphone. Visit the official website here.

MedAfrica was launched by Kenyan developers, Shimba Technologies. According to the developers, MedAfrica essentially acts as a clinic in your pocket. The app can be used to diagnose and monitor symptoms caused by diseases.

Additionally, the app also provides the user with a directory of doctors and hospitals close by as well as provides information on potential treatment for diseases. To add to the features the app can also be used to identify counterfeit medication and a direct a user to the nearest doctor or hospital. Download the app here.

Residents in Egypt can use the DrBridge in order to make appointments with a doctor online via Vezeeta. Alternatively, doctors can use the very same app to obtain a patients’ medical records. The records are stored online, for easy access by the doctor. Visit the official website here.

Charles Onu is the principal innovator behind Ubenwa, a digital health initiative which applies machine learning and mobile technology to provide portable, affordable, and reliable diagnosis of birth asphyxia.

As mentioned by Zuby Onwuta who is the CEO ThinkandZoom, mPedigree is a phone-based anti-counterfeit ICT software application – which allows users to verify the authenticity of medication. According to the app developer, this is done for free by text-messaging a unique code found on the product to a universal number. The system helps to tackle the problem of counterfeit medicine by partnering with different pharmaceutical to create a short code on the package of products.

Darryl Linington