In a bid to fight the scourge of the HIV, a non-governmental organisation called 4 Youth by Youth has trained 20 entrepreneurs on the use of the HIV self-testing tool.
During a four-week Innovation Bootcamp organised by the NGO, in partnership with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, the participants were taught how to apply basic research principles that would encourage HIV self-testing among young people in Nigeria.
An I-TEST Principal Investigator, Dr Juliet Iwelunmor, said, “Our ultimate target are the young people in Nigeria, who will be the leaders and partners of the HIV self-testing in Nigeria. We just concluded our four weeks boot camp where the winners of designathon were selected to get training on research, entrepreneurship, and engagement with key stakeholders on how to promote HIV self-testing in Nigeria.”
She said the 4YBY team had successfully organised the first-ever HIV Self-Testing Designathon in Nigeria, where over 60 young people collaborated to develop prototypes for new services and products for promoting self-testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases guided by Human-centered, design thinking framework.
The participants were trained on several modules, including creating strategic planning techniques, orchestrating an innovation ecosystem, developing a minimum viable product, cost models and budget plans, managing ethical issues around HIV and research, engaging with key community stakeholders and so much more.
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