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🌍 Africa: Beyond Frontier Markets - September 2021

Ana Paula Picasso from Emerging Markets Today
Ana Paula Picasso from Emerging Markets Today
Hi EMT friend, it’s Ana Paula Picasso here!
This month’s issue is all about Africa 🌍
From massive funding rounds for African tech startups to how smartphones are helping malaria diagnosis in Uganda.
Take a peek at what’s happening on Emerging Markets Today 👇👇

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We all read big headlines about African tech startups getting millions of dollars in funding but what seems like good news for the continent, the reality is not as bright as it seems.
To talk about the African startup scene I invited entrepreneur and podcaster Alex Nyamoya Boyi. Alex is originally from Burundi and is the host of the podcast African Tech Roundup.
She explained what’s hype and what really happens in reality with funding for African startups.
Alex is a serial podcaster hosting African Tech Roundup, also the Future of Money a podcast that offers an African perspective on fintech and finance, Sporteve about sports with a woman’s perspective and Parole, a French and English podcast focused on African and global perspectives.
How we used smartphones to test for malaria
Malaria is one of the world’s leading causes of illness and death. Around 229 million people are infected each year and more than 400,000 of them die.
To tackle the challenges to diagnose malaria, they’ve developed a unique “origami” diagnostic system. It is based on folded sheets of waxed paper and the process is known as loop-mediated isothermal amplification, or LAMP. 
The origami system was field-tested at two primary schools in the Mayuge and Apac districts in Uganda. It correctly diagnosed malaria in 98% of the samples.
They also believe that Africa’s widespread adoption of smartphones, even in the most remote areas, could be key to empowering people to administer tests and securely share their results with health authorities.
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Vinh Ho is an American entrepreneur living in Vietnam - he created Focus Asia-Pacific podcast to assist would-be travelers and business professionals to help them navigate the most exciting and dynamic region in the world and to help them get the most out of their travels.
He invited me to come to his podcast and talk about BRICS (Brazil, India, Russia, China and South Africa), the acronym’s fading use, Brazil’s rise and fall, and China’s continued dominance.
Don’t forget to follow Vinh Ho on Twitter
And listen to my interview and other episodes of Focus Asia-Pacific 👇
Focus Asia-Pacific | a podcast by Vinh Ho
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Ana Paula Picasso from Emerging Markets Today
Ana Paula Picasso from Emerging Markets Today @todayemerging

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