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EPIAFRIC HOSTS 6TH HEALTH MEETS TECHNOLOGY HACKATHON

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By Fawziyyat Yusuf.

EpiAFRIC and its partners will organize the 6th edition of the Health Meets Tech Hackathon from September 10 to 11, 2021. EpiAFRIC is an internationally competitive, efficient, transparent, and financially sustainable African health consultancy firm.

Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor, CEO of EpiAFRIC, said during a press conference in Abuja on Monday that the 2021 event would be pan-African, with participation from all around the continent.

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“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 hackathon, according to the CEO, would provide a platform for health workers to collaborate with developers, businesspeople, and tech experts to develop feasible ideas that can improve population health and clinical care following 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 of the TY Danjuma Foundation, expressed his delight at the opportunity to collaborate with EpiAFRIC on 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, Pathfinder International’s Country Director, stated that technology is a common denominator that makes the work we perform easier, particularly in the post-pandemic era.

The health meets tech hackathon, according to Dorayi, will bring together health and tech practitioners to develop innovative solutions for health service delivery and logistical 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.

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