Yesmama, a social enterprise that sends stage based, live-saving health reminders to rural pregnant women and nursing mothers have received a ‘Test It’ Grant from the British Council.
We got the news and spoke with Everest Nwagwu, the Team Lead, who explained in details the reason for starting such an enterprise. ‘Yesmama was born out of the need to reduce maternal and infant mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa’ he said. His team is made up of medical doctors and software engineers.
When asked what makes his start-up different from others, Everest said ‘Unlike some health start ups that try to solve the same problem we are solving, Yesmama sends voice recorded messages to these rural women in a language of their choice and we do this FREE’.
It should be noted that according to the WHO, over 800 maternal death occur daily and Africa account for 65% of this number.
We asked him about the grant and he was tongue in cheek about stating the exact amount, however, he was full of thanks for the British Council and he promised to scale and expand the languages of messages to Swahili.
Yesmama is one of the few health start-ups doing well in Nigeria, and we wish them luck. You can visit their website www.yesmamang.com for more