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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.



Mbarara University of Science and Technology | Mbarara, Uganda | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 3


" Mentorship, Teamwork and Influence. Mentorship is through the various alumni of the fellowship and also the network of the fellowship, with proper mentorship, I hope to sharpen my idea as as well as at the end of the day get an opportunity to work with a community with a vast amount of experience. Teamwork is through the opportunity the fellowship offers to work with brilliant minds from all over the world. In this I will get to interact with other passionate and enthusiastic young minds who also sharpen my understanding of concept of health care service delivery i have but also learn from them in various other fields which at the end i believe will be one of the best learning opportunities I will encounter. Influence is through the various connections that come in working with a widespread community of young minds in the fellowship, mentors and other stakeholders involved. Over the course of time the fellowship has built connections that are influential in the implementation of any project. Through the fellowship I hope to have a gate way to other opportunities that are central to impacting society in a positive way through the Health Sector. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Afya

AFYA is a Low-Barrier Solution for Information Distribution through:
Artificial Intelligence-Powered SMS Chatbot
WhatsApp Chatbot

Our SMS Chatbot sends messages directly to mobile phone inboxes and uses machine-learning which allows it to pick up questions and provide answers in real-time. (e.g. Is Fever a symptom of Covid-19? Can Lemons cure Covid-19?). The best part is it will be able to pick up questions asked in local languages and respond appropriately (e.g. Omusujja kabonero ka Covid-19? Enimmu ziwonya covid-19?). The SMS Chatbot sends messages quickly and can be programmed to answer questions that are unique to every nation’s situation (e.g. When will the lockdown end? What are the penalties for violating Lockdown orders? etc.) It is not dependent on Internet Connectivity and is compatible with every device, making it the cheapest and fastest way to send information to Community Health Workers in remote parts of the country.
The WhatsApp Chatbot is a flexible form of communication that sends automated messages via WhatsApp. WhatsApp is the most used mobile app in Africa, and is currently the cheapest app as per cost per message sent. Our WhatsApp chatbot allows for information to be sent in local languages and it goes a step further by allowing for content generation and dissemination in the form of videos, voice recordings and visual aids. This is particularly helpful for disadvantaged populations such as the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (videos in Sign Language) and the Blind and Visually Impaired (Voice Recordings) to also receive information in formats they can understand.
Our Voice Bot is built on “Robo-Call”, a platform that allows for the recording and sending of automated voice messages, using Prompts to address different issues (e.g. Press 1 for Latest Statistics. Press 2. For Current Management Protocol in Uganda etc.) This caters for worries and concerns about literacy issues causing misinformation or disinformation over Covid19.

About the Millennium Fellow

Tamale Elvis is an enthusiastic young and passionate medical student at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. He is a Ugandan citizen by birth who studies and currently resides in Mbarara, Uganda.
Elvis has always been passionate about the role we as a young generation have to collectively play in order to positively impact our communities. Elvis has always engaged in leadership and coordinating fellow youth spearheading drives towards this vision. This drive has run through from pioneering projects to care for Children with cancer to an incredible leadership journey right till now. He is still keen on continuing this drive into the future.

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