Wekebere Limited, a Ugandan based e-health startup developing a remote fetal monitor is among eleven startups that have been selected to join the first Artificial Intelligence Accelerator Program in Ghana.
The selected participants will receive business training and capacity development required towards building highly scalable AI businesses out of their innovative solutions. The AI focussed accelerator program is run by Ghana Tech Lab in partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and IBM
Earlier this year Villgro Kenya awarded the team a $20, 000 grant with technical assistance for their hardware based innovation which incorporates data analytics to increase access to care, provide personalized feedback to mothers, and help doctors earlier predict and manage pregnancy complications in low resource settings.
The makers of the affordable fetal monitor aim to reduce fetal and maternal mortality in Uganda and Sub- Saharan Africa. According to data from UNICEF, Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest maternal mortality ratio with over two thirds of all maternal deaths yearly worldwide. The device currently monitors fetal heart rate, fetal movement and contractions.