Digital products for disabled people in Kenya

Namaste,

Ladies and gentlemen, weekend! This is also the ideal time to bill that tech brother or sister.

This type of weekend only happens once a month. If you miss this month, you will have to wait until the next. I’m sure you don’t want to wait. just joking. No, I am not.

By the way, today is Children’s Day in Nigeria. This is a great opportunity to fulfill a promise to take them out or buy ice cream. 😉 I mean, make the kids happy today.

This weekend, I’ll take my advice and charge you too. just joking. I still don’t know what I’ll be doing this weekend, but I know it’s going to be fun.

Enjoy your weekend the best you can. You know I’m always concerned about your overall health and well-being. Take care of yourself during this short break! ! !

So today, I’m going to tell two stories:

  • Jumia’s partnership with CGAP
  • Products for the Disabled

Jumia’s partnership with CGAP

Needless to say, Jumia is one of the major players in the African e-commerce market. In Nigeria, the company’s revenue in the first quarter of 2021 was $33 million, an increase of $14.6 million in the first quarter of 2022.

Additionally, the Central Bank of Nigeria recently granted it a Payment Service Solutions Provider (PSSP) license.

The license will enable it to process payments from third-party businesses in Nigeria. This development directly competes with Paystack, Flutterwave, eTranzact and Remita.

It also provides an additional revenue stream when the company desperately needs to increase its revenue.

Interestingly, the company is testing the health tech game through a partnership with the Advisory Group for Aid to the Poor (CGAP).

The partnership will provide users with access for a monthly subscription fee of $1.

Well, Chimgozirim thinks this is an amazing move that will allow Jumia to leverage its existing customer base and infrastructure.

However, I don’t think we have enough doctors in this country. I mean, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends one doctor for every 600 people in a country.

However, in a country with one doctor for every 5,000 people, WHO’s recommendations appear to be a long way off.

Furthermore, the Nigerian Medical Association reports that out of 72,000 registered doctors, only 35,000 are practicing in Nigeria.

In his article, Chimgozirim discusses what collaboration means for health tech startups. You can find it here: Dear health tech startup, Jumia is here to grab your bread!

Disabled digital products in Kenya

According to one report, about 40% of Africa’s population is disabled, including 10-15% of school-age children. This means that there are more than 300 million people with disabilities in Africa.

Although people with disabilities are often referred to as the largest minority in the world, in Africa they face exclusion, discrimination and barriers to exercising their fundamental rights and participating in development.

However, the African nation of Kenya is changing that narrative.

how? Kenya has developed digital accessibility standards for persons with disabilities.

This means that people with disabilities and older adults who are largely disconnected from most e-government services and corporate-owned digital platforms will be connected, supported and empowered through digital products to increase their digital inclusion.

how? It will do so by providing computer-assisted technology to the blind and visually impaired. In addition, all Kenyan citizens will have easier access to and use of public and private sector digital products and services (such as websites and mobile applications).

Previously, the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) announced a partnership with inABLE to develop a national information and communication technology (ICT) accessibility standard.

This is similar to EnableMe Kenya, an online platform aimed at providing community-oriented technical support and increasing digital inclusion for persons with disabilities.

Bernard Njiraini, Managing Director of KEBS, said: “Inclusive design and universal design principles should be incorporated into digital products and services in order to accommodate all people in society.”

what I’m reading and watching

Chance

  • The African Leadership Group and Udacity are offering 5,000 scholarships to African citizens who wish to develop in science and technology. By learning new digital skills. Scholarship recipients will be enrolled in one of the following Udacity nanodegree programs: Data Analyst, Full Stack Web Developer, or Cloud Developer. Apply here.
  • Master Grant announces the launch of the second creative writers fellowship cohort. The Creative Writers Scholarship will actually run from July 4th to August 26th, 2022. Apply here.
  • MOBI Automation, a startup using Web3 technologies to solve business problems, is looking for CTOs, UI and UX designers, senior front-end developers and creative designers. Send your resume here.
  • Do you breathe encryption or are you just curious about encryption? Apply here for the Coinbase Community Ambassador Program (CAP) — Summer 2022.

happy weekend!

Victoria Fakia for Techpoint Africa.

Victoria Fakia

A writer with ADHD who is interested in mental health and how technology can improve the lives of Africans with mental disorders.



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