Funmi Adewara, the Chief Executive Officer of Mobihealth International, Africa’s first fully integrated telehealth start up leveraging technology in harnessing diaspora and local doctors and medical service providers through a secure electronic medical record and video software, is one of the seven women entrepreneurs who will be rewarded with the 2020 SDGs and Her Awards for their various roles in facilitating the realisation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Adewara, a Nigerian medical doctor, was selected in this year’s edition of the Global SDGs and Her Competition for women small and micro enterprises for her illustrious work in promoting the access to healthcare for the world’s population in line the SDG 3 that seeks to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being at all ages.
The competition, endowed by the World Bank Group and its partners – the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UN Women and the Wharton School Zicklin Centre – showcases women entrepreneurs who support the global sustainable development goals (SDGs) through their business operations, according to Jill Wilkins, the Director, Partnerships and Practice Groups (External and Corporate Relations) of the World Bank.
“The competition provides an opportunity to showcase women-led businesses that are not only supporting goals in health, food security, education, climate change, gender equality and industry, but also demonstrating resilience as they respond to the challenges of COVID-19,” Wilkins noted.
Adewara expressed her joy in being selected for the global award and said that it will fire her zeal in working to see that more and more people have access to healthcare irrespective of who they are.
“I feel highly honoured for this coveted award and I thank the organisers of the competition for this huge recognition of what we do with our healthcare platform. Our work at Mobihealth International is predicated on our belief that an improved access to healthcare will bring about accelerated development for the people of the world. This is why we work to remove as much barriers to healthcare as possible. This award is a motivation to do more to see that people who need quality medical attention receive same irrespective of their race, gender, social status or financial standing,” she said.
The 2020 edition of the World Bank’s Global SDGs and Her Competition saw six other women entrepreneurs win in the various categories of the award. These inspirational women were selected from a pool of 2,400 applicants from around the world who took part in the competition. The award ceremony will be held on the margins of the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, USA on 30 September 2020.
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