Brenda Katwesigye Saving Lives In Rural areas With An App

Africa is teeming with young innovators who are using technology and creative ideas to transform Africa and Brenda Katwesigye is one of them.

Brenda Katwesigye is an innovator who is using technology to bring advanced health care to local members of the community in Uganda. She is the co-founder of InstaHealth, a mobile app which instantly connects health aid to people in need.

The idea came to her while she was doing a research in a local community. During the research she fell ill and because the nearest health facility was far away, there was little to nothing she could do about her illness. Her experience led her to come up with InstaHealth which was formerly known as M-Tambula.

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Together with her co-founder Elizabeth Kasujja, they created the InstaHealth App with the aim of helping people in rural areas who have little or no access to health care.

Elizabeth Kasujja and Brenda Katwesigwe of InstaHealth
Elizabeth Kasujja and Brenda Katwesigwe of InstaHealth

“We pride ourselves in ensuring that people calling through our service get what they are looking for,” Katwesigye told Lioness of Africa. “We seek to build relationships with our users to ensure that their health information queries are handled in real time.”

The app uses voice response technology as well as geo-location to be able to provide the appropriate services needed by an individual.

Katwesigye like many girls in her young age sought to become a doctor but as life would have it, she ended up studying telecommunications engineering at the popular Makerere University in Uganda.

Although she is not a doctor, she’s using the knowledge gained through her telecommunications engineering degree to change the health sector for good.

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InstaHealth was registered in 2013 and in 2014, the app won the ITU Young Innovators Award in Thailand. Also in 2015, Brenda Katwesigye was selected as a finalist for the She Leads Africa award.

Her advice to young entrepreneurs is this:

“Focus on creating a quality product that people will use to solve real life challenges, there will always be opportunities to monetize your solution.”