Cameroo­nian wins pres­ti­gious award

Africa Renewal - - Africa Wired - By Pavithra Rao

Arthur Zang, a young en­tre­pre­neur from Cameroon, is among this year’s win­ners of the pres­ti­gious Rolex Awards for En­ter­prise for in­vent­ing what is per­haps Africa’s first med­i­cal tablet. The awards are given ev­ery year by the Royal So­ci­ety of Lon­don, one of the old­est aca­demic as­so­ci­a­tions in the United King­dom.

The med­i­cal de­vice al­lows health-care work­ers to send car­diac test re­sults to heart spe­cial­ists via mo­bile phones. Mr. Zang’s de­vice, called the Car­diopad, is a dig­i­tal med­i­cal touch­screen tablet that per­forms elec­tro­car­dio­gram (ECG) tests to de­ter­mine the heart’s ac­tiv­ity as well as di­ag­nose life-threat­en­ing ail­ments. What makes the Car­diopad par­tic­u­larly re­mark­able is that it can be used even in ru­ral lo­ca­tions be­cause it has a long bat­tery life and can send test re­sults to spe­cial­ists us­ing cell phones. The Car­diopad sells for $2,000, which is sig­nif­i­cantly less than con­ven­tional elec­tro­car­dio­graphs.

In ad­di­tion to Mr. Zang, four other young en­trepreneurs from Rwanda, In­dia, Italy and Saudi Ara­bia also won awards. First es­tab­lished in 1976, the an­nual awards are given to promis­ing in­di­vid­u­als un­der the age of 30 for their achieve­ments in ad­dress­ing prob­lems that can help pro­tect the planet. Each lau­re­ate will re­ceive a cash award of about $56,000.

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