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Kenyan youths creates apps to tackle health and social issues

By Anita Fatunji / October 7, 2016

17-year-old Kenyan, Caroline Wambui and 16-year-old Harriet Karanja, both college students, have created apps called “M-Safiri”, meaning “traveler” in English, to put an end to ticket queues and transform organ donation, with the help of new tech mentoring programmes for women in Kenya.

Driven by personal unpleasant experiences, whereby people have to be in a queue or waiting at length for anything and get robbed or die as a result, they decided to tackle the issue once and for all.

Harriet Karanja said once, she experienced someone gets robbed while on a queue to buy a bus ticket in Nairobi, that was when she decided to do something about it. She brought four of her schoolmates together and they came up with a ticket purchasing app

The app takes you to your preferred bus stop using GPS technology, so you will only need to go to a bus stop to board a vehicle but not to wait for a vehicle,” she told BBC.

Meanwhile, Caroline Wambui, a final year high school student, also driven by personal experience with her family created an app that will serve as a network for organ donors, patients, and hospitals.

Wambui said she lost her uncle after a long and fruitless wait for an organ donor, “my uncle died due to lack of a kidney match, it took a long time to find a kidney on the black market…” she said adding that she wants to save other families from having to go through such tragedy.

With the help of her school teacher, Wambui, made a prototype on a tablet and have found partners to work together with.

This app allows you know if you are qualified to donate an organ or not, and checks the medical necessities of the patient in need. It connects organ donors to patients.

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