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African Innovation Award 2018 (PIA): Here are the 10 Finalists

More than 3,000 candidates from 52 countries participated in the African Innovation Award (PIA 2018); This year’s innovations offer solutions to critical issues in the ICT, agriculture, public health, environment and energy sectors; Nominees from all regions of Africa, from north to south, from east to west, including Madagascar, for an equally Pan price the PIA.

Discover the 10 nominees of the PIA and their innovations in their respective sectors

Biodegradable germinator for rice cultivation (Madagascar) – Juslain Nomenjanahary Raharinaivo  : Rice is a staple in many African countries and occupies a prominent place in the diet. With growing needs in rice, African producers are struggling to meet local demand. The biodegradable germiners are made from recycled paper and allow growers to transplant seedlings, already enriched with seeds. Germinators can also be used with transplanters. By significantly reducing the time of transplanting, this innovation increases rice production and allows rice farmers to increase the area under cultivation.

Buried Diffuser (Tunisia) – Wassim Chahbani  : Irrigation plays a major role in sustaining livelihoods in Africa and around the world. Agricultural water is essential for crop yield and reducing consumption is necessary to increase the amount of water available for other uses. The buried diffuser is an irrigation system that injects water directly into the roots, drastically reducing the amount of water used for irrigation. With this system, there is no loss of water by evaporation and the farmer saves on agricultural inputs.

Effective detection of tuberculosis and hepatitis C (Morocco) – Professor Abdeladim Moumen and Dr. Hassan Ait Benhassou  : Hepatitis C and tuberculosis are public health problems for which access to accurate and affordable diagnostic tests remains a challenge in Africa. This innovation includes two molecular tests for rapid, accurate, efficient detection and quantification of the burden of both diseases. The technology allows the specific detection of the genome of hepatitis C or tuberculosis in blood or sputum samples. These clinically validated innovations provide simple, accurate and inexpensive solutions in the diagnosis of these two diseases.

ENose Sensor for Tea Making (Uganda) – Abraham Natukunda  : This innovation uses an “eNose” analytical platform to complement current tea processing procedures to determine optimal tea fermentation levels, using weak power. The platform receives and analyzes the sensor data and at the same time ensures real-time monitoring of the main elements and reactive compounds during the tea treatment period, which guarantees traceability. This innovation will lead to better control, better tea quality, better marketing and increased revenue for tea processors.

Vagkit vaginal kit (Ghana) – Dr. Laud Anthony Basing  : Vagkit is a urine-based 3-in-1 test kit that detects vaginal infections. The kit is linked to a mobile app and is a convenient and quick solution for women who suspect a vaginal infection. The Vagkit simply requires a urine sample and can be used at home with results available within 10 minutes. This innovation significantly reduces the time needed to detect vaginal infections in Africa and allows for faster treatment in case of infection.


“IThrone” Portable Toilet (Egypt) – Dr. Diana Yousef  : iThrone is a revolutionary approach to septic tank evacuation systems. This technological innovation is an inexpensive composite polymer membrane that aggressively evaporates the total water content of human waste without the need for heat, energy or rinsing water. iThrone eliminates a significant amount of methane emissions generated by uncollected wastewater. This innovation addresses the problem of poor sanitation and sewage pollution.

Shiriki Mobile Network (Rwanda) – Henri Nyakarundi  : The Shiriki Hub is an intelligent solar kiosk, powered by powerful solar panels and equipped with high capacity batteries, sensors and a custom designed router. This device allows users to charge their devices and access the internet at low cost. Designed as a business in a box and distributed on a micro-franchise basis, it is an ideal solution that offers digital connectivity to rural populations and populations in temporary facilities such as refugee camps.

Natural solutions for skeletal regeneration and repair (South Africa) – Prof. Keolebogile Shirley Motaung  : a multi-method approach using natural products for skeletal regeneration and repair. The innovation includes two products: La-Africa Soother (LAS), a natural anti-inflammatory cream to treat pain and inflammation, and PBMF, a herbal morphogenetic implant that induces bone and cartilage formation. . The latter product offers fast results, no waiting period and no tissue sampling for patients, unlike current orthopedic treatment methods. These products can revolutionize the treatment of fractures by the medical profession in general and orthopedic surgeons in particular.

GKSORB, reducing pollution in an ecological way (Benin) – Dr. Fohla Mouftaou  : water hyacinth is an invasive plant in many African countries that affects lakes, rivers and agricultural fields. It is an environmental and social threat that affects agriculture and fishing activities and reduces people’s livelihoods. GKSORB is an absorbent product consisting of a 100% organic and biodegradable fiber capable of absorbing up to 17 times its weight. Made from water hyacinth, it can be used as a hydrocarbon separator or as a cleaning product for surfaces contaminated by various pollutants such as hydrocarbons, acids and paints.

Waxy II Technology (Tanzania) – Christian Mwijage  : Every year, more than nine million tonnes of plastic garbage ends up in the ocean, posing a major threat to marine life and human life. Waxy II is an environmentally friendly and economical process that transforms plastic waste into building materials, without any chemicals. This technology is an affordable alternative to lumber that reduces the need for wood-based building materials and helps preserve forests and reduce the effects of climate change.


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