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Friday, 26 September 2014

Cameroon's Alain Nteff Wins the 2014 Anzisha Grand Prize

Cameroon's Alain Nteff has been announced as the grand prize winner of the 2014 Anzisha Prize Award. He received a US$25,000 cash prize to support his social business. The 22 year old beat other young entrepreneurs to take home the coveted prize. Schoolbag manufacturer Thato Kgatlhanye from South Africa was 1st runner up, while 17-year-old farmer Gabriel Kombassere from Ivory Coast was the 2nd runner up. They both received cash prizes of $15,000 and $12,500 respectively to catalyse their venture growth. Congrats to these inspiring young people.

Nteff Alain founded the Gifted Mom project, an e-content platform for pregnant women in rural areas, to help them have safe pregnancies and combat the lack of access and knowledge that has led to high mother and infant deaths in Cameroon. Gifted Mom works with health providers and medical students to create profiles for pregnant women to send automated alerts that help them track antenatal care. Since starting his project, more than 200 medical students have been trained and 1200 pregnant women have been impacted, resulting in a 20% increase in antenatal attendance rate for pregnant women in 15 rural communities.

“I started the GiftedMom project last year when I noticed pregnant women and newborns in my country were literally dying every day from pregnancy related complications, which can be prevented", he said. He started the project in November in the Mankon community of northwestern Cameroon, in collaboration with the Mankon Sub-Divisional Hospital. By the end of March, 112 pregnant women and mothers with newborns had subscribed for weekly informative messages and reminders concerning antenatal care and vaccination programmes. GiftedMom has expanded to 5 other communities in Cameroon.

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