Africa’s Young Entrepreneur Solving Health Problems with Technology
“For me changing the world isn’t about creating a new phone that the whole world buys. For me it is just about bringing positive change to the local community.”
Cameroonian Nteff Alain is the 22-year-old entrepreneur behind GiftedMom, a new e-content platform for pregnant women that provides information to combat the high number of mother and infancy deaths in under-serviced communities in the country.
Last week he was named the winner of the 2014 Anzisha Prize, an award for African entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22, and received US$25,000 to grow his venture.
Alain is a telecommunications engineering student, and the idea for GiftedMom came to him while visiting a childhood friend who was doing his medical internship in a rural community. His friend was distressed, having seen a particularly high number of premature babies die that week.