PharmAccess was one of the designing partners of this year's Health Meets Tech: Infectious Disease Hackathon. The aim of this 3-day event was to bring health workers and technological developers together to find solutions regarding Surveillance, Notification and Response to infectious diseases.
As PharmAccess has considerable experience on the intersection of healthcare and technology, we were a natural fit for this event and its contenders. Technology can act as an enabler that accelerates access to affordable quality healthcare in Africa. Especially since over half a billion of Africa’s population own a mobile phone. This mobile network allows health initiatives to reach under-served communities and low-income households more easily and quicker than previously imaginable. This expansive mobile network and its applications still has a lot of untapped potential, which is why we are happy to be involved with Health Meets Tech.
This year, the Health meets Tech: Infectious Disease Hackathon was hosted in Abuja Nigeria. The aim of the event was to bring health workers in contact with technological developers to more effectively find solutions to problems caused by infectious diseases. Developers and health workers from all over Africa came to discuss their findings, present their methods, and learn from each other. To give you a small taste of the event, we have chosen quotes form the inspiring speeches delivered by PharmAccess’ Country Director Njide Ndili, and PharmAccess’ Nigeria’s Health Plans Program Director Emeka Ajanwachukwu. Hopefully their advice will prove useful to you.
Photo made by EpiAFRIC “Do not hurry to launch your product into the market. Start from a Proof of Concept in a live environment. This will help you refine the user case story and customer journey. In PharmAccess we begin by developing a product concept in a lab environment.” – Mr. Emeka Ajanwachukwu PharmAccess’ Nigeria’s Health Plans Program Director
Photo made by EpiAFRIC “Technology allows you to analyze where you need to focus your efforts. This allows you to strategize more efficiently and find solutions to health issues we face in Nigeria “ – Njide Ndili PharmAccess’ Country Director in Nigeria.
“We are dedicated to making health markets work for low-income communities through innovative and scale-able approaches. And so, we are always looking for new opportunities to collaborate with knowledge sharing platforms such as Health Meets Tech Nigeria to help us identify new technologies that can help us advance our work.” – Njide Ndili.