New app aims to solve sanitation issues

Posted 27 September 2017

Two Ghanese students have developed an app aimed at improving sanitation with the help of science and technology.

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology electrical engineering and computer science students Agyirakwa Monney Bernice and Doreenda Nikoi Kotei-Sika said the app is electronically fitted into waste bins to direct the public on proper waste disposal.

The pair won the 2017 MTN Girl Code Project for their efforts. 

A partnership between Women in Technology Africa and the MTN-Ghana Foundation, the MTN Girl Code Project is a five-day coding boot camp that equips young women with basic coding and business skills to help them develop solutions to local problems. 

Bernice and Kotei-Sika have pledged to continue their work to help tackle Ghana’s sanitation issues, aiming to partner with agencies to produce waste disposal options for local primary and high schools. 

The winners also called on their government to promote the use of science and technology in addressing the country’s water and sanitation hurdles

Ghana Chapter Lead for Women in Tech-Africa Facilitator Selasi Dzikunu said the MTN Girl Code Project is a great program offering women the opportunity to learn about and develop technologies to address the needs of local communities and solve problems. 

Get engaged in the conversation of sanitation, hygiene and women at the World Toilet Summit in Melbourne this November.