…focuses on tech-driven health solutions
By Hassan Zaggi
EpiAFRIC and partners will be having the 6th edition of the Health meets Tech Hackathon with a focus on using technology to provide health solutions.
In a statement made available to The AUTHORITY, in Abuja, the group explained that this year’s event was designed to be Pan-African with participation from across the continent.
The initiative, according to the statement, is designed to build an ecosystem of heath and tech practitioners to design and deploy contextually-relevant tech solutions across Africa.
This year’s Hackathon is a two-day hybrid event (both virtual and physical) scheduled for September 10-11 2021, at the Ventures Platform in Abuja, with theme-“Navigating Healthcare post-COVID-19” with emphasis on developing tech solutions.
The hackathon will create a platform for health workers to work with developers, business persons and tech practitioners to develop viable solutions that will improve both population health and clinical care in the post COVID-19 era.
According to Dr. Ifeanyi M. Nsofor, CEO EpiAFRIC, “We are really pleased to be hosting our 6th Hackathon this year with our partners to a one of a kind hybrid event.
“This year promises to be epic as we would be expecting the teams to come up with disruptive ideas on how technology can be used to accelerate and provide better healthcare services especially as we gradually begin to live in a post-COVID-19
On his part, the Acting CEO TY Danjuma Foundation, Gima Forje, stated that “We are excited to be partnering with EpiAFRIC to roll out this year’s hackathon.
“Although, we are not yet out of the pandemic – we would be looking out for innovative projects that would help us bring to the forefront of the needs that are cause effective and cater for the needs of these challenging times”.
Commenting, the Country Director, Pathfinder International, Dr. Amina Aminu Dorayi, explained that technology is a common denominator that facilitates the work we do especially in the post pandemic world.
She further stated that the health meets tech hackathon provides an opportunity for health and tech practitioners to come together to create tech solutions for health service delivery and logistics management.
“I am excited by these possibilities that the hackathon will present to us in Nigeria and we look forward to innovations that will address the challenges of health access, quality and outcomes of care especially for women and young people”.
This year’s hackathon promises to be an exciting one that will attract industry experts.
It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for capacity building, mentoring, networking and support to build solutions from simple ideas to workable porotypes.
EpiAFRIC will be partnering with PandemicTech, Marie Stopes Nigeria, Riders for Health, WellaHealth, Pathfinder International, Save the Children Tanzania, Doctoora, Ventures Platform and Nigeria Health Watch.