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Rural Women Entrepreneurs

The challenge

People living in rural regions usually have to put up with poorer medical care than those living in towns and cities – this is no different on the continent of Africa. The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change have further exacerbated this supply shortage in many countries, with women often worst affected. Innovative telemedical solutions can help alleviate these bottlenecks.

Our approach

We are expanding the care structures of national health systems in rural areas through the networking and international roll-out of a telemedical approach tested in Bangladesh. The project empowers women in rural communities not only by giving them access to the digital health care services on offer at Women Business Centres (WBCs), but also by providing them with entrepreneurial skills and the income opportunities that result.

Impact

Our goal is to expand the Women Business Centre model in two to four additional countries in Africa. This will enable female entrepreneurs to provide the rural population with access to urgently needed health care services through digital tools such as telemedicine platforms and COVID screening apps.