COVID-19: Stories of Resilience and Innovation

Responding to the challenge of a global pandemic.

Mastercard Foundation Scholar “Printing” Face Shields for Frontline Health Workers

Benjamin Obeng is Mastercard Foundation Scholar from Ghana who recently graduated from Arizona State University. He had planned to launch 3Dinkra, a 3D printing business, in Accra in May, but when need for personal protective equipment for frontline medical workers arose, he shifted his business to fight the spread of COVID-19.

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Diagnostic start-up, KNUST Develop Rapid COVID-19 Test

Francisca S. Adomako is the Chief Technology Officer at Incas Diagnostics.

A diagnostic start-up out of Ghana Tech Lab has developed a rapid test that detects COVID-19 antibodies. The Foundation has been supporting Incas Diagnostics and following their work on this project closely. The test, that Incas developed with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), aligns with Ghana’s priorities in the fight against COVID-19: containing the spread of the virus and increasing Ghana’s self-reliance.

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Anzisha Fellow Leveraging Network to Inform Rural Communities on COVID-19

MSME created to empower young women is now sharing information with rural communities about how to prevent spread of the virus.

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Anzisha Fellow Working to Provide Local Information About COVID-19 Spread

Twenty-two year old Abdulwaheed (Abdul) Alayande is a part of the 2019 cohort of Anzisha fellows. He is the founder of TrepLabs. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Abdul and TrepLabs built a platform to provide Nigerians with local information about the spread of the virus.

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EdTech Fellow Partners with Private Sector to Keep Kenyan Kids Learning

One of the Foundation’s recently announced EdTech Fellows is partnering with Safaricom to provide free access to educational content for students in Kenya studying from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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EdTech Fellow Working to Provide Access to Learning During COVID-19

One of the Foundation’s recently announced EdTech Fellows is partnering with government and the private sector to provide access to high quality educational materials to South African secondary school students impacted by school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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