Public Health

At the Public health practice, we understand that technology plays a crucial role in improving the way care is delivered and digital health interventions could contribute to efforts to address challenges that limit the achievement of health system goals, particularly in Africa. We aim to contribute to the digitization of healthcare across the continent.

Leveraging technology to improve health outcomes

Healthcare systems across the African continent are characterized by a myriad of issues that cut across institutional, human resources, financial, technical and political developments which make them too weak to deliver effective public health interventions. This has presented us with an immense opportunity to improve the quality of health services and enhance societal well-being as a whole, by leveraging technology to bridge some of the gaps and challenges with providing optimal services.

Why we believe this is important

Our Thinking

"Sub-Saharan Africa has seen some progress in reducing the burden of diseases, however, early death and disability still remain high in many countries compared to other parts of the world.

We are seeking the possibility of spurring innovation in public health and empowering key players in the space to intentionally innovate in order to address some of the challenges seen across the continent.

Through a design thinking approach, we work with key stakeholders within the ecosystem to co-create solutions that leverage technology to address pressing challenges with the objective of improving health outcomes.

Some of our areas of interest include: Epidemiology, health information systems and emerging public health priorities

What we have done

Our Expressions

COVID Practice Management System

In collaboration with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) and Lifebank, a digital system was created to support the process of testing suspected COVID-19 cases from reporting a case, through to triaging, and then communicating test results.
NIMR and Lifebank are conducting free tests for suspected cases, therefore, this system helps to streamline all reports or requests to ensure that the high risk cases are prioritized for testing.
The benefits of this system are the simplification of the reporting process, and the automation of prioritizing high-risk cases, and communicating the test results to the patients.

iTest

ITest is a collaborative research and development project between CcHUB, NIMR and the 4yBy team. The goal of the project is to create a system that supports HIV self-testing in Nigeria by collecting test-related data via use of a mobile app and linking potential patients to care. It would also educate users of the self-testinng kit on safe sex practices and encourage routine testing of HIV.

Africa Digital Epidemology Innovation Network

The Africa Digital Epidemiology Innovation Network is a platform established to promote the development of Africaโ€™s capacity/capabilities in the field of digital epidemiology by leveraging the experience and expertise of its members. It is a community of health practitioners, scientists, researchers, data analysts, and developers engaged in exploring the effective use of data and technology in the monitoring and surveillance of diseases in the continent.

Smiles for Mothers

“Nigeria is the leading contributor to maternal deaths across the globe and postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is a major driver of these mortalities.
Working with Smiles for Mothers consortium, we are seeking to apply human-centered design principles to develop innovations to reduce maternal deaths due to postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) in Kano, Lagos and Niger states.
This project is being sponsored by MSD for Mothers

Linked

Linked is a web platform that measures the frequency and density of friendship and social ties around the world, a type of data that has rarely been made available to those interested in understanding how relationships affect social outcomes. Our platform leverages Twitter interactions to determine connectedness and social ties between users. These connections provide insights which can be pivotal in times of crisis – particularly when contact needs to be established.

Linked is currently accessible for free to Mental Health Organisations and Foundations, who can use it to reach out to Twitter users that post suicidal or mental health distress messages. The platform is also able to identify connections that can be contacted in times of emergencies with 87% accuracy

NIMCURE

NIMCURE is a collaborative research and development project between CcHUB and the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR). The project seeks to develop a digital tool to support and enhance adherence to treatment by Tuberculosis patients in Nigeria.
Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide and is considered as one of the most important infectious diseases across most of the developing nations (WHO, 2018). TB is a major public health threat in Nigeria and a leading cause of death in HIV infection. Through this project, we aim to identify the extent to which technology can play a role in ensuring adherence, thereby reducing the cases of drug resistant TB and improving the health of individuals across the country.

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