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Afya – a Social start-up combating Malnutrition

Afya

We are a social start-up fighting one of the world’s biggest health issues – malnutrition

Our Solution

Our food supplement is not only extremely nutritious and easy to use but also sustainably produced in Kampala, Uganda

Spirulina

An appropriate dose of spirulina to the diet of malnourished people can relieve several deficiencies and actively combat malnutrition.

Our Journey

We have been active since 2017 – stay up to date with our journey

Certification

We were able to start the certification process during our second project trip by applying

Implementation

We found our second local and main business partner for our commercial product in Dr.

Problem

Malnutrition or more specifically undernutrition, is one of the biggest global health challenges of our time, in millions of cases it is a direct threat to people’s lives.
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Malnourished people worldwide
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Chronically malnourished children worldwide

Unfortunately, in Uganda alone, over 10 million people lack nutrients vital for their health and well-being. The consequences of which are especially long-lasting and severe for children, as their cognitive and physical development is especially affected. More than one third of all young children in Uganda are stunted (too short for their age) or underweight.

It negatively affects their immune system, causing them to get sick more often and are at greater risk of infections. On the one hand, malnutrition has negative effects on the children’s bodies. They get sick more often and have a greater risk for infection. They also suffer from a weakened bone structure and less physical strength. More than one third of all young children in Uganda are too short for their age or underweight.
On the other hand, we can witness the severe consequences on their mental development. It is extremely hard for malnourished children to concentrate in school and to complete their education. This leads to a vicious circle: poor job opportunities, low wages, and therefore no means to provide for their future family. Afya aims to help children break out of this vicious cycle by providing them with the nutrients they need to prosper and grow towards a better future.

Our Solution

At Afya, we produce a natural food supplement in the form of a powder that can be added to food or drink to enrich it. It is made of spirulina algae which we grow locally in Kampala, Uganda. The algae’s unique nutrient density makes it highly effective. An appropriate dose of spirulina to the diet of malnourished people can relieve several deficiencies and actively combat malnutrition. Distributing the algae in schools, especially in rural areas, allows us to reach those most affected, young children.

Our food supplement is not only extremely nutritious and easy to use but also sustainable in production.

High Nutrition Value

70% proteins, 11 vitamins, all esential amino acids

Easy use

One teaspoon daily significantly and quickly improves nutritional status

Sustainable production

200x less land, 218x less water in comparison to beef production

Our Team & Partners

We are made up of a diverse group of people – our network is always growing.

Nele Rehfeldt

Team Leader

The Core Team

University Students

Eduard Luyima

Local Employee

Dr. Hilary Kiiza

Partner & Investor

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