Kenyan Student among Those Shortlisted for Sh14M Global Student Prize

August 1, 2023

Marrieta Halima Kazungu, 18, from Kilifi County is among the top 50 students shortlisted for Sh14 million ($100,000) Global Student Prize 2023.

The student from St.Thomas Girls Secondary School was selected from a pool of 3,851 applications from 122 countries and is among the top 10 African contestants.

Marietta has developed the Rapidcovix Breathalyzer to help those in rural areas who cannot afford the expensive costs of testing better detect infectious diseases.

Halima has a passion for science and innovations and solving problems using scientific approaches. As she comes from a remote area where many can’t access medical facilities, her interest is in the medical and health fields.

With her rapidcovix breathalyzer, she hopes to provide testing to those in rural areas who can’t afford the expensive costs of testing and detecting infectious diseases. To date, she has partnered with medical research institutes to develop working prototypes for rural hospitals. Marietta’s dream is to see her community and country people have universal health care.

The award was established to create a powerful new platform that shines a light on the efforts of extraordinary students everywhere who, together, are reshaping our world for the better. The prize is open to all students who are at least 16 years old and enrolled in an academic institution or training and skills program. Part-time students as well as students enrolled in online courses are also eligible for the prize.


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