Medical diagnostics distributor, Redbird has launched a COVID-19 Daily Check-in App and Symptom Tracker in its bid to counter the spread of Coronavirus across the African continent. Accessible as a browser-based app via covid19.redbird.co, Redbird’s COVID-19 check-in app is a way for every person to self-report symptoms without needing to...
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the world, malicious cyber-attackers are seeking to take advantage of the situation by launching new coronavirus-related attacks. And according to the World Health Organization (WHO) CISO, Flavio Aggio, those attacks have more than doubled amid the crisis. “Cybercriminals have long used crisis situations to...
Nigerian health and biotech startup 54Gene has raised $500,000 for a fund aimed at improving Nigeria's capacity to carry out tests fro COVID-19. Known as the Nigeria COVID-19 Testing Support Fund - this fund will enable the ramping up of for the testing of the virus by up to 1000...
The GSMA has unveiled the annual ‘State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money’, offering a view of the mobile money landscape and highlighting the impact that greater financial inclusion has on lives, economies and innovation, especially in emerging markets. This year’s report looks at what one billion registered accounts...
Qode Health Solutions (Qode) has configured their existing Lynx, Insight and Knowledge Center solutions used by various USAID and CDC-funded partners from several countries, including South Africa, in the fight against HIV/AIDS to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The solutions are ready for deployment and can assist in dispensing Facility Readiness...
Around the world, about 35 companies and institutions are racing to craft the much-needed vaccine for COVID-19, and The Guardian reports, that at least four of them have candidates ready for human trials. At the forefront of these candidates is a proposed vaccine from Boston-based biotech Moderna, which is expected...
While significant measures have been put in place to combat the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), South African banks are turning to cashless transactions. Mobile money transfers, online, debit and credit card transactions are being encouraged as opposed to cash, which is a possible source of transmission. Clayton Hayward, the...
The importance of education for further career development cannot be underestimated. Intelligent and educated youth is fundamental for economic and social stability and growth. This statement is true for any country in the world. But it especially applies to Africa, where 20% of the total population are young people. However,...
Bitcoin's price slumped by as much as half as the global economy comes to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic. Dropping by about 48% between 22 January and 22 March - this time Bitcoin has undergone more chaotic flux, even managing to hit 2020's all-time high - having started the...
The Summit supercomputer, the fastest supercomputer on Earth, has more computing power than any other non-distributed system. Earlier this month, the US Department and Energy announced that it will turn the system's enormous computing power towards the COVID-19 pandemic. The machine has been crunching the numbers and has since identified...
In February, it was learned that DionWired stores were bleeding money for their parent company, Massmart - this came just weeks after Massmart's January announcement that the stores would be closing. The initial statement from Massmart read “the Massmart Group has recently conducted a store optimisation project that highlighted a...
Acer for Education, a global division that brings innovative technologies to the schools of tomorrow, announced that it is ready to support local schools, teachers, and students with the resources they need to continue impactful learning during the Coronavirus outbreak. This comes after the Kenyan Education Ministry announced they...
iCE3X has become the first cryptocurrency exchange in South Africa to launch native token in the form of Artificial Intelligence Coin (AIC) - a token developed by iCE3X, one of the oldest cryptocurrency exchanges in South Africa and Nigeria. The token aims at reducing the cost of transactions on...
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted world economies and international travel relations, leaving thousands of people practising self-isolation and social distancing in order to curb the spread. However, another way that COVID-19 is transmitted, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), is through the exchange of banknotes. With this in mind,...
As societies around the globe shift to accommodate the changes in routines and behaviour caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and the education systems of many countries creep to a halt to spare learners from infection, countries are left to decide how this time spent at home will be made...
Ebehijie Momoh is the senior VP and GM for Mastercard West Africa. A role she has held since December 2019. Based in Nigeria, Ebehijie focuses on the advancement of the Mastercard brand presence in West Africa as well as deploying innovative payment solutions and partnering with local governments and...
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