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EpiAFRIC hosts 6th health meets tech hackathon

“The initiative is designed to build an ecosystem of health and tech practitioners to design and deploy contextually-relevant tech solutions across Africa.

By Abujah Racheal

EpiAFRIC , a globally competitive, efficient, transparent and financially sustainable African health consultancy group, and its partners will be hosting the 6th edition of the Health meets Tech Hackathon, from Sept. 10 to 11, 2021.

Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor, CEO EpiAFRIC, who disclosed this at a news conference, on Monday, in Abuja, added that the 2021 event was Pan-African, with participants drawn from across the continent.

“The initiative is designed to build an ecosystem of health 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.

This year’s theme is on “Navigating healthcare post-COVID-19” with emphasis on developing tech solutions.

“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 prototypes,” he said.

The CEO noted that the hackathon would create a platform for health workers to work with developers, business persons and tech practitioners to develop viable solutions that would  improve both population health and clinical care post COVID- 19.

“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 world”, Nsofor said.

Mr  Gima Forje, Acting CEO TY Danjuma Foundation, expressed his excitement at 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 cost effective and cater to the needs of these challenging times”, he said.

Dr. Amina Dorayi, Country Director, Pathfinder International, explained that technology was a common denominator that facilitates the work we do especially in the post pandemic world.

Dorayi stated that the health meets tech hackathon would provide 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,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that 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. (NAN)

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