Vedh Kannan and Will Carkner – Self Help Africa Trip to Zambia

November 8, 2023

Vedh Kannan and Will Carkner who were accompanied by Ms. Hanratty recently visited Zambia with Self Help Africa for a week on a full travel bursary. This was due to their win of the Science for Development Award with their outstanding project `BloodBox` at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2023.

During this visit, they were able to visit Gwembe Primary School, rural communities outside Lusaka, agricultural development projects, and met with the Irish ambassador to Zambia, Bronagh Carr.

“This was an incredible experience which changed the trajectory of my life”

– Will Carkner

“This trip contained so many unforgettable eye opening experiences.”

– Vedh Kannan

Overall the trip was an amazing opportunity for everyone involved. Will and Vedh are now continuing work on BloodBox, a low-cost diagnostic tool for malaria. We are immensely proud of Vedh Kannan and Will Carkner for their impactful journey to Zambia. Your dedication to “BloodBox” is inspiring. Keep up the great work, and we’re excited to see what the future holds.