In a win-win for the health of South Africa and 24.com, parent company to Health24, a brilliant new mobile phone application this week scooped the top award in a Nokia competition.
Inspired by the competition (and a rather generous prize), Health24 collaborated on the application with BWCOM, part of 20fourLabs, another division within 24.com, which is in turn the digital business of Media24. The result was Afridoctor, which won Nokia’s Africa Calling All Innovators application competition, aimed at developing applications and solutions relevant to African consumers.
Afridoctor is described by Nokia as "Africa’s first personal mobile health clinic". It is loaded with a number of educational, informative and inspirational categories of information. There are sets of first-aid instructions for emergencies; a series of quizzes and tests designed to help users get to know their health and risk status; an emergency distress alert; and an electronic diagnosis process which allows phone users to snap and send photos of symptoms, and receive input from experts on likely diagnoses, and more.
Afridoctor can be downloaded free from the Nokia OVI store, though for now, it is only compatible with certain phones. Plans are afoot to extend this, and to make the application accessible to the people it was designed most to serve.
(Health24, December 2009)