Africa
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African Influencers For Development 

CONTACT TRACING AND INFO APP

(Mauritania)

Stop Corona is a contact tracing App which also educates the public and users about the attitudes and behaviors to adopt if they test positive to COVID-19. It also provides users with information on how to avoid being infected. It was developed by four young tech-enthusiast, El Hacen DIA, Mamadou DIA, Aliou DIA and Abdellahi DIA. 

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WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE YOUR PRODUCT?
On one hand, it is our background in IT and new technol-ogies that inspire us. On the other, it is because we need to contribute to fighting this horrendous pandemic.

We created the Stop Corona app to help users get safe, accurate, and needed information about the COVID-19 outbreak, focusing heavily on how to stop its spread and avoiding being contaminated. If someone tests positive to COVID-19, the app helps to find people who have been in contact with them and alerts them to the situation.

WHAT HAS BEEN ITS IMPACT?
We hope that its impact will be considerable in fighting and combating the COVID-19 pandemic. The use of mo-bile phones in Africa is very widespread and the apps like this can be very effective in helping stop the spread.

WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED IN PRODUCING THE APP AND WHAT HELP DO YOU NEED
Our main challenge has been the lack of support to help scale it up. Although the app is already available on An-droid, we need support to finalize the iOS version. We also need support with visibility so that more people get to know about it and use it. Financial support could also be useful in maintaining and improving the product. We are convinced that the app could be main-streamed and broadened into other facets, now and in the post-COVID-19 future.

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