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COVID-19 Self-treatment Guide

Scientifically investigating various natural therapies and local medicines to produce a standard COVID-19 self-treatment blueprint for all.

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The world has not yet announced a cure or vaccine for COVID-19 yet. This has opened a room for many informal medical discoveries. 

In Tanzania, and in many other places of the world people are now and then innovating different local medicines and alternative therapies to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our solution is to conduct a scientific research on the local herbs and substances available in Tanzania and come up with standardized self-treatment guideline;

Research Objectives;

  • To collect information from all Tanzanian alternative clinics and traditions regarding the herbs that are traditionally used to heal COVID-19 related diseases
  • To collect information about the usage recommendations of the above two medications
  • To collect any healing and/or killing testimonies for the medications with respective timeline 
  • Collecting all medicinal herbs and product samples
  • To create the database for these medications
  • Sending the samples to Tanzania Food and Drug Authority to at least test whether they contain any toxins and portray their chemical composition.
  • Inform the Ministry of Health for considering recommending some (if any), and strictly prohibiting some (the harmful ones, if any).
  • Provide the feedback to stakeholders – including respondents who shared their local medical samples
  •  Creating collection centers of the recommended local medicines for making them available for public consumption on demand. 

Research Methodology:

Data will be collected remotely through mobile phones by interviewing different people in Tanzania who are known to treat people with traditional herbs. They are more than 30 in Tanzania. Samples of their treatment substances will be collected at cost (bought) and submitted to the Tanzania Foods and Drugs Authority (TFDA), Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and the Government Chemist Laboratory Authority (GCLA) will be consulted about the possible effects of the submitted effects on humans. The results and recommendations will be shared with the public. 

What is the need are you focusing on?

Our solution is addressing the need for discovering alternative medication for COVID-19 which will be natural and self-service based instead of only concentrating on the artificial vaccines and medicines. Some traditional herbs and natural therapies have for decades been used to treat various diseases which are related to COVID-19

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed
  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

To collect pertinent information and inform the public on the standard procedures for self treatment. At the end, we will inform the public about proven self-treatment herbs, substances and procedures and distribute those to households at affordable rates, and even for free in some cases.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Maybe-with additional support

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

Many people will correctly treat themselves at home, and therefore reduce unnecessary congestion and costs at heath facilities

What is the name of your business or organization?

Afrosoft Limited

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

Our company focuses on ICT, Agribusiness, Research, Capacity Building, Consultancy and Entrepreneurship. We work for clients who need to own websites, mobile applications and software. We help people start their companies here in Tanzania by supporting the Memorandums and Articles of Association write-ups. As farmers, we are feeding some people and have started consulting farmers on the farming best practices. Also, we are currently beating plastic pollution through serving different clients with our Nsheke Straws, the eco-friendly straws from the naturally growing grasses in Tanzania. Among other clients, we are proudly serving the Four Seasons Safari Lodge in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania -

What is your profession?

I am an Economist & Statistician with about 10 years of field research experience.Mahad Rwebangira is a Telecom Engineer & Senior Software Developer.

Where are you located (country)?


Where are you located (region)?

  • Eastern Africa

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Academia/Research
  • Agriculture/Farming
  • Business/Consulting
  • Communications/Visual Design
  • Education
  • Entrepreneur/Investor
  • Food Services
  • Technology

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 2-5 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Business

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Grassroots/Community Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

We need support in;1. Funding our scientific research, 2. liaison with government food and medical authorities, and 3. Media coverage for announcing our study findings and recommendations.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

Bureaucracies in the Government Authorities, particularly the costs involved in sample laboratory testing.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?


Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

There are many people in Tanzania, as in other countries announcing various herbs and alternative therapies for the COVID-19 pandemic. We are not part of any of these initiatives but we think it is now a right time to scientifically join their efforts and guide the public accordingly.

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