UNICEF expresses interest in health app for school girls; set to invest over GHc1 million

UNICEF expresses interest in health app for school girls; set to invest over GHc1 million

- A health app known as Lily Health, is set to receive support from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

- UNICEF, in collaboration with Duke University, has revealed that the app has been given a slot in the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator

- Information available shows that the app is likely to receive between $50 to $250,000

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The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has expressed interest in supporting a health app that serves as an advisor using WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger as platforms.

The app, Lily Health, is set to attract between $50 to $250,000 from the United Nations’ agency.

Duke University and UNICEF announced that the app has been given a spot in the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator.

UNICEF expresses interest in health app for school girls; set to invest over GHc1 million

MacGregor, co-founder of the app
Source: UGC

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Per a report by Business Insider, the programme gives the opportunity for social enterprises to tackle the most pressing challenges that children and youth around the world contend with.

YEN.com.gh understands that the app gives over 120,000 women in Kenyan the ability to monitor their health statuses.

Lily Health is set to join five other entrepreneurs in the Innovation Accelerator programme to create and improve innovative ways of addressing menstrual health and hygiene in East Africa and beyond.

In the course of the two-year Innovation Accelerator programme, the entrepreneurs would be exposed to several resources.

These include UNICEF subject matter experts, mentorship opportunities, Duke University faculty and students, monthly capacity-building webinars, and a week-long residency at the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (I&E).

The beneficiaries are to provide solutions that span from digital apps to reusable and disposable pads, to community health models – all aim to strengthen menstrual health, hygiene, and management while tackling pervasive cultural taboos and educational barriers surrounding menstruation.

In other news, YEN.com.gh has learned that Africa’s debt is increasing is causing a rift between the World Bank and other lenders.

The World Bank reports that Sub-Saharan Africa’s total external debt increased by 150% to $583 billion in 2018 from $236 billion 10 years earlier.

Per a report by qz.com, there are fears about rising unsustainable debt as the average public debt increased from 2010-2018 by 40% to 59% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have expressed worry about the lack of transparency, weak debt management, and a lack of capacity in an increasing number of low-income countries as the average public debt increased from 2010-2018 by 40% to 59% of GDP.

They have also raised concerns about China’s influence in Africa with regard to sources of capital.

This comes in the wake of offers of convenient packages of funding through state-owned enterprises.

This often leads to the availability of funds for much-needed infrastructure projects across the continent.

According to David Malpass, president of World Bank, this comes at a time when there is a lack of transparency.

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