A Nigerian, Dr. Eddy Agbo, emerged as third position in the Innovation Prize for Africa, winning the Special Prize for Social Impact with innovative healthcare solution to address Africa’s prevailing malaria burden. The Social Impact Prize of US$25,000 was awarded to Dr. Eddy Agbo for his Urine Test for Malaria (UMT), a rapid non-blood diagnostic medical device that can diagnose malaria in less than 25 minutes.
Dr. Agon, a Beninoise was the unanimous winner of the US$100,000 Grand Prize for his innovation, Api-Palu. Api-Palu is an anti-malaria drug treatment and it has hit the market not only in Benin, but in Burkina Faso, Chad and Central African Republic (CAR).
Wright of South Africa scooped the second prize of US$25 000 for Exatype, a software solution that enables healthcare workers to determine HIV positive patients’ responsiveness to ARV drug treatment. Until now, national responses have focused on access to treatment for all. However, a growing number of people on ARVs are resistant to drug regimens, leading to failure of the therapy, exacerbating the continent’s HIV burden.