Cameroonian engineer Arthur Zang on Monday won the Odess price for the best innovation in health for Africa and Asia.
His initiative, Africa Cardiac Care which allows low-income patients, to benefit from a range of unlimited examinations (blood glucose test, blood pressure and electrocardiogram) by paying less than 30,000 FCFA per year, caught the attention of the jury.
Since 2016, the prestigious award of the Observatory of e-Health in Southern Countries (Odess), rewards the best African and Asian technological innovations in health sector.
In addition to Africa Cardiac care, five other projects were rewarded. These are the MosquiT projects from India, Guinea Epilepsy Project from Guinea, TraumaLink from Bangladesh, Operation Asha from Cambodia and Blood Safety Strenthening Program from Lesotho.
All these initiatives were evaluated by a group of experts composed of Gilles Babinet, digital champion at the European Commission, Cheick Oumar Bagayoko, professor in medical informatics and director of the center of expertise in telemedicine and e-health of Bamako, to name these few.
The brains behind these initiatives will benefit from the support of Pierre Fabre Foundation and its partners. For twelve months, they will have access to a global envelope of 100,000 euros (nearly 65 million FCFA) as well priority sectors (webdesign, equipment, communication, studies …) to develop their projects.
It should be noted that Arthur Zang is one of the biggest names in African technology. Specialized in e-health, he became famous due to the CardioPad, his invention that provides electrocardiograms at low cost. He is also credited with several other innovative medical solutions he promotes through Africa Cardiac Care, one of the first programs to support low-income patients on the continent.