Nigerian well being tech startup, HelpMum, has been introduced as one in every of and the one African and among the many 4 world winners for the 2021 Waislitz International Citizen Award.
HelpMum was chosen because the winner for the Waislitz International Citizen COVID–19 Response award and would obtain $50,000 as a part of profitable the award.
The Waislitz award is an annual money reward (if as much as a complete of $250,000) introduced by the Melbourne-based Waislitz Basis with help from Mesoblast to people who’re thought-about to be world changemakers.
The establishment believes that the money prize will allow the recipients to additional implement their advocacy efforts particularly to finish excessive poverty.
This 12 months, the 2021 Waislitz International Citizen Awards candidates had been evaluated in 5 areas: world citizenship, proof of idea, disruption, scalability, and adaptableness.
In line with the platform, a whole bunch of purposes had been obtained from individuals from the world over however needed to choose 4 whose tasks stood out as particularly artistic and vital within the combat to defeat poverty.
The 4 winners embody Bina Shrestha who based Construct Up Nepal, a corporation that helps rural households construct houses with environmentally pleasant supplies and provides entrepreneurial alternatives to individuals.
Different winners embody Tania Rosas’ Fundación el Origen (Origin Studying Fund), Jimmy Pham’s Know One Train One (KOTO) and HelpMum, based by Dr Abiodun Adereni.
HelpMum offers an e-learning platform to coach group start attendants of their indigenous languages. It additionally offers a vaccination monitoring system the place expectant moms in focused distant areas are registered to encourage immunisation for his or her infants.
The startup works to make sure protected and hygienic supply amongst pregnant ladies in rural and underserved communities by way of the distribution of reasonably priced start kits together with cleansed gloves, antiseptic soaps, sterilised supply mats and maternity pads.
HelpMum has thus far labored with over 20,000 pregnant ladies and nursing moms in addition to greater than 500 healthcare staff. Within the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the startup donated 10,000 face masks to pregnant ladies, nursing moms in addition to conventional start attendants in rural well being centres.
This isn’t the primary time that the beginning shall be recognised because it obtained a $250,000 grant in 2018 as one of many Google Affect Problem winners. It later gained a $5,000 grant from the United Nations Convention on Commerce and Growth (UNCTAD).
Talking on the award, Dr Abiodun stated, “Profitable this award will assist us at HeloMum scale our options —particularly these we developed throughout COVID, assist speed up the affect we’ve had thus far, and save extra lives in distant communities. We’re extraordinarily grateful for this help from International Citizen, Waislitz Basis, and Mesoblast.”