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COVID-19 Testimonies

A mobile application through which COVID-19 victims and care-givers can share their illness or recovery experiences and advice for free.

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Over three millions people have already faced the COVID-19 enemy among whom more than one million have fortunately won the battle. Yet, about 7.6 billion including those who have already encountered the challenge are faced with a deadly fear. 

The testimonies will be a full course for those who have not yet faced the COVID-19 as well as those who are supposed to serve the patients, particularly families, medical officers and governments. 

The application will be immediately placed on the Playstore and Appstore and will be for free downloads, and made easy for COVID-19 victims and care-givers to upload their testimony videos. Only those who have gone through the COVID-19 experience will be allowed to upload their testimonies. 

Testimony videos will be sorted by country, language and time of upload for easy search by users.      

What is the need are you focusing on?

We are focus on ending lack of knowledge about COVID-19 and confidence towards overcoming it for both current and future COVID-19 victims as well as their care-givers and responsible authorities.  

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.

We want all people to be informed about the strengths and weakness of COVID-19, our enemy. Again collect the advice from victims to ensure that everyone is well equipped to cease the COVID-19 pandemic.Our solutions provides KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCES, AND ADVICE through testimony videos. The testimonies will give people the confidence that they can also recover from the COVID-19 if they follow the advice given by COVID-19 former victims.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Maybe-with additional support

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

Everyone will be informed about the true story of the suffering and the ways out of COVID-19. The testimonies will be shared across to even reach people who have no access to smart devices. Also quarantined people will start getting hope that they will once go out sooner or later. The impact for this solution will be from day one a person views a video of testimony from the first former COVID-19 victim. The former victims are the best teacher ever as they have been in the battle field, and billions of people will benefit from their experiences and advice.

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
  • 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 wish to get as many COVID-19 victims and their care-givers as possible, particularly those who have won the battle. We need to collaborate with social media to push our call and facts (i.e. experiences and advice) to the world.

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

The main barriers for implementing this solution include; 1. Shortage of testimonies, we need at least 10 testimonies a day until when the COVID-19 is over. 2. Getting fake testimonies from people who are trying to advertise their businesses, we won't allow users to put business ahead of lives. 3. Lack of enough media coverage to let people with testimonies know that the world is waiting to hear from them, as well as people to know that COVID-19 experiences and best advice are already gathered for them

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?

Many people have and are still giving their testimonies about the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is no common platform for them to reach out the World. Many people will be lucky to serve the world by giving them hope and best advice through this platform.

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Hi Community!

After the COVID-19, the testimonies will remain on air to mark the COVID-19 history to the forthcoming generations. If the same (Recovery Testimonies) would have been made for the past pandemics, for example the Spanish Flu which stayed for 3 years affecting around 500 million people while claiming 15-50 million lives, the World could have saved the lessons from its victims and use the same to cope with COVID-19.