Hooza Media and other two Rwandan tech companies emerge in top 8 companies that have been able to reach the final stage of ITU Virtual Digital World 2020 SME Awards competition, E-Health Category, whose winner is Appy Saude from Angola.
Although these Rwandan companies have not been able to win prizes, they have been able to reach the finals beating hundreds of companies who participates in the competition.
Hooza Media whose Mobile Governance solution has shown potential in some African countries including Rwanda was in the same category with other Rwandan companies namely Higaneza Ltd Rwanda and Karisimbi Technology Solutions.
Normally ITU, the Geneva based UN organization organize the SME pitching and Award every year.
This year Hooza Media pitched its Mobile Governance solution for the last mile communities.
It enables vulnerable communities to access information via mobile phones without the need of internet.
The solutions push free short voice messages and allows users to reply with their own voice.
It has been decisive in the fight against pandemics such as Ebola and Covid-19.
Today the solution is helping teenagers to access Sexual Reproductive Health counselling services and also their parents can learn more on Gender Based violence and women rights.
The past 9 months has seen a surge in teenage pregnancy, a direct impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Hooza Media CEO Mr. Victor Nkindi, the solution shall help to reduce teenage pregnancy cases, which, under covid-19 lockdown (from March to June 2020) reached 13,257 across the country.
On this year’s ITU final Competition, Mr Nkindi said “Although we didn’t manage to win this year ITU Competition in E-Health category, we hope for the best in future as Mobile Industry and the need for E-Health services are increasing day by day.”
The Winners of 6th edition of International Telecommunications Union SME AWARD held online for the first time will get UN recognition, International visibility as well as an invitation to the Oct. 2021 ITU summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.
This year, ITU selected winners in 4 categories namely Connectivity, Digital Finance, Smart Cities, E-health.
Each category has saw one winner and apart from Appy Saude that beats competitors in E-Health, others are Astrome Technologies Private Limited from India that won Connectivity Category, BusMap Viet Nam, winner in Smart Cities category and OKO Finance from Israel, winner of Digital Finance Category.
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