New mobile app targets travel health and wellness

Updated 04 April 2015
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New mobile app targets travel health and wellness

With Mayo employees seeming to be constantly dreaming up new and innovative ways to help improve the health care landscape for its patients, it has come up with plans like Mayo Clinic Ventures and Mayo's Employee Entrepreneurship Program to help make it all happen.
Two recent beneficiaries of those services are Mayo's Dr. Rizwan Sohail, MD, and Rashid Fehmi, whose Mayo Clinic Ventures-supported startup company, Travel Health & Wellness, recently launched a mobile app to help international travelers stay safe and healthy.
Based on technologies licensed from Mayo Clinic, the My Travel Health app is billed as the “only app developed by experienced travel medicine consultants that focuses on your health during travel and provides practical tips for preventing and handling illnesses while traveling."
The app allows users to choose from more than 200 popular travel destinations and shows them, in real time, customized recommendations for any and all immunizations recommended or required for that part of the world.
"International travelers are frequently unaware or unprepared for common illnesses encountered during foreign travels, especially to developing countries," Dr. Sohail says in a press release published on Yahoo! Finance.
As a result, he says those travelers who “often end up spending valuable business or vacation time in hotel rooms due to illness, are forced to seek medical help in foreign countries or return home with serious illnesses such as measles, typhoid, malaria, dengue or tuberculosis." To make sure that doesn't happen, Dr. Sohail says, "My Travel Health provides specific and easy-to-follow recommendations to prevent or deal with travel-related illnesses."
“The app also tells you where there are travel alerts and gives you the option to sign up for the US State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, a free service that allows all US citizens and nationals to make their travel plans known to local US embassies and consulates throughout the world," he said.


ICD & We-Fi empower women entrepreneurs

Updated 18 September 2019

ICD & We-Fi empower women entrepreneurs

With the aim of discussing how the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) can expand their relationship and integrate the gender themes into ICD’s operations and businesses, a meeting was held between Ayman Amin Sejiny, CEO of ICD; Wendy Teleki, head of We-Fi secretariat; and Samir Suleymanov, director strategic initiatives, World Bank, at ICD’s premises in Jeddah recently. The parties discussed the development and promotion of women’s entrepreneurship through innovative sustainable solutions to increase women’s access to economic opportunities in developing countries. 

Teleki highlighted the main objectives of We-Fi, which is to support women entrepreneurs around the world through programs that provide financing, capacity building and also promote enabling environments that allow women to become entrepreneurs and grow their businesses. We-Fi uses an ecosystem approach to develop programs at the country level that will break down barriers and create more opportunities for women.

During the meeting, Ayman said: “ICD and We-Fi are working together to enhance their initiatives and mandates in supporting the female society in all ICD’s member countries. We want to ensure that our lines of finance and our relationship with the 102 directly connected financial institutions we are dealing with will further enhance the funding, training to women entrepreneurs and to provide the required necessary support to women in all our member countries.”

Teleki said that We-Fi has six implementing partners (IP) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) is one of them. “IsDB, along with ICD is supporting women entrepreneurs in fragile countries. In Yemen, they have a very interesting ongoing program named BRAVE Women. They target to train up to 500 women to learn to develop business plans in fragile and high-risk contexts and up to 400 of them will get access to funding on a matching grant basis. This program aims also to develop the relationship between those women entrepreneurs with the local banks and also lead companies to make sure those women have access to finance and markets to grow their businesses. Moreover, the IsDB and ICD will be implementing soon this BRAVE Women program in two other countries to improve the women’s entrepreneurship potential in key economic sectors and we look forward to seeing those programs happening in future,” she said.

We-Fi is a global platform that seeks to support over a 100,000 women around the world in the next five years and mobilize at least $2 billion from the public and private sector for further activities.