Young Africans Innovate to Find Solutions to Covid-19 Challenges

Youth across Africa have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, including disruption in education, exacerbated by the digital divide (across urban-rural and gender dimensions), writes Luanda Mpungose, but young people have responded with energy and innovation to tackle the interconnected challenges of the novel coronavirus. This comes after the University of Cape Town's Medical Devices Lab manufactured a ventilator that supports patients showing early signs of Covid-19; the development of an app that enables family planning in eSwatini amid the pandemic; the introduction of plastic shields for motorcycles in Uganda to protect both driver and passenger; and the development of Zlto, an app that leverages blockchain technology to promote volunteerism and entrepreneurship.

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