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TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ________________________________________________ 3 PRE-HACKATHON EVENTS ______________________________________ 6 The Health Meets Tech Tour ________________________________________________ 6 Pre- Hackathon Webinar ___________________________________________________ 6 The Health Meets Tech Hackathon: Opening Ceremony _________________ 8 Key Note Speech _________________________________________________________ 8 Panel discussion _________________________________________________________ 8 Participating Teams _______________________________________________________ 8 ______________________________________________________________________ 10 Mentorship Program______________________________________________________ 10 Mentorship Teams _______________________________________________________ 11 Judging Panel __________________________________________________________ 12 Social Media Report For 2018 Health Meets Tech Infectious Diseases Hackathon _____ 13 Live Streaming on Facebook _______________________________________________ 14 Other social media activities: _______________________________________________ 14 Post Hackathon Activities _________________________________________________ 15 Photos _______________________________________________________ 17


INTRODUCTION The Nigerian health system currently struggles on many fronts; from inadequate infrastructure and shortage of personnel to persistent strikes, inadequate training, and lack of efficient Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). Infectious diseases contribute to the significant disease burden in Nigeria. Knowing when and where infectious disease outbreaks occur is an important aspect of Global Health security, and Nigeria’s large population means that it is an area of interest. In Nigeria, the National Policy Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) is an integrated approach to the surveillance of diseases in Nigeria, prioritizing epidemic prone diseases, diseases targeted for elimination and eradication, and other diseases of public health importance (FMOH, 2005).

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is the agency of the Federal Ministry of Health with the responsibility to detect, investigate, prevent and control diseases of national and international public health importance. NCDC’s mission is “to protect the health of Nigerians through evidence-based prevention, integrated disease surveillance and response activities, using a one health approach, guided by research and led by a skilled workforce”.

4 Notification of infectious diseases begins at the community level, to the facilities, upwards to the local government health departments, to the State epidemiology units and then to the National Centre for Disease Control in Abuja. This pathway can be tortuous and often epidemics take root before the NCDC is alerted to mount the required interventions. This scenario played out recently with the meningitis outbreak which began in Zamfara State in North West Nigeria. As a result of late notification to the federal level, the outbreak was able to spread quickly to several states in Nigeria, with significant associated mortality. Tackling this delay in disease notification is a priority. Since 2016 there have been several outbreaks of Lassa Fever in various parts of Nigeria. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recently reported an outbreak of Monkey Pox in Bayelsa State, located in the SouthSouth zone of Nigeria. Given the role that innovations in technology have played in driving growth in other sectors of the Nigerian economy, coupled with the growing tech community in Nigeria, perhaps it is time to deploy technology to help prevent infectious diseases in Nigeria. Increasingly, experts note that the convergence of health and technology may lead to solutions that could leapfrog stages of development of the health sector in Nigeria. Recently, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control spoke about the plan of the Agency to fully digitize the disease reporting system in Nigeria In recent years, EpiAFRIC has helped create and support opportunities to promote innovation in the Nigerian healthcare industry through working more closely with other sectors, most notably the technology and business industries. In 2017 the first #HealthMeetsTech hackathon held in Lagos, put together by EpiAFRIC, Cc-Hub Nigeria, Nigeria Health Watch and Digital Health Nigeria, and sponsored by Facebook. The hackathon sought to foster technology solutions for health sector challenges. A few concepts that are in various stages of development emerged from the 2017 event, and equally important, new relationships were built between the participating teams, mentors, partner organizations, panelists and judges.


Brainstorming Session at the 2017 Health Meets Tech Hackathon, CC-Hub, Yaba, Lagos

In line with our continued commitment to bring these worlds together to create relationships that lead to innovative solutions, a 3-day Hackathon, planned and designed by EpiAFRIC and PandemicTech was designed, this time with a specific focus on “Infectious Diseases�.

Cross-Section of Participants during Panel Discussion at #HealthMeetsTechNG Panel Discussion, Ventures Park, Abuja


PRE-HACKATHON EVENTS The Health Meets Tech Meet Up In order to create a vibrant “home-made� Health-Tech community, EpiAFRIC and partners plan to host Future hackathons and forums for discussions around Nigeria. One of these forums will be our Quarterly Health Meet Tech Meet Ups. We held our very first meet up at the Ventures Park where we hosted key players in both the Health and Tech spaces. Dr Ikpeme Neto, Co-founder of Digital Health Nigeria, joined virtually and gave an important lecture highlighting his experiences running a Health-tech start up in Nigeria.

The Health Meets Tech Tour With elevated levels of poverty and violence fueled by Boko Haram, northern Nigeria is constantly battling the problems of infectious diseases, and while it may seem an unlikely place for a tech hub to exist there are several Hubs doing remarkable things in the region. EpiAFRIC organized a small tour to some of these hubs to inform them about the Hackathon. We visited the NHUB of Jos in Plateau State which was founded by David Daser. NHUB is home to hundreds of young individuals in Jos who are either learning the ways of tech or already running their start-ups. We also visited CoLAB, founded by Ismailia Sanusi. CoLAB is set up in the north-west city of Kaduna. The hub offers work space, training, mentorship and networking opportunities. It also organizes talks, training sessions and one-on-one meetings with international tech professionals. The EpiAFRIC team was received warmly by both hubs during the Health Meets Tech Tour and look forward to future collaborations.

Pre- Hackathon Webinar In preparation to the Health Meets Tech Hackathon, EpiAFRIC hosted a webinar session. This was a good time to introduce the participants to some of our mentors, interact with them and discuss practical issues surrounding infectious diseases. The 35 -minute long session was scheduled as follows:





2 minutes

Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor

Opening Remarks

6 minutes

Dr. Ikpeme Neto

Challenges of running a Health Tech Startup in Nigeria

6 minutes

Pharm Estelle Mbadiwe

Anti-Microbial Resistance and is impact in combating infectious diseases

6 minutes

Dr. Babafemi Oshin

Designing a surveillance system fr infectious diseases in Nigeria

15 minutes



2 minutes

Ugonna Ofonagoro

Closing Remarks

Screenshot of Pre-Hackathon Webinar


THE HEALTH MEETS TECH HACKATHON: OPENING CEREMONY Key Note Speech Professor Oyewale Tomori, eminent virologist and immediate past president of the Nigerian Academy of Science, gave the keynote at the opening session. He was emphatic in his address; “I’m here to see us ‘hack the thorn’ out of infectious diseases in this country!” he said, adding, “When we address health, we must not address it in a silo. Figures should translate to people. We must look at the relationship between the figures we analyze and the people that these diseases affect.” He urged hackathon teams to “Keep it simple and think about technologies that are functional and easy to adopt.”

Panel discussion A panel of key health and tech figures took part in a moderated discussion led by Dr Ike Anya, Founding Partner at EpiAFRIC. The Panelists were as follows: •

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, CEO of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

Dr Andrew Nerlinger, Co-Founder of Endura Ventures

Kola Aina, Founding Partner at Ventures Platform

Emeka Ajanwachukwu, Director of Health Plans at PharmAccess Foundation

Ezinne Anyanwu, MD/CEO of Efferent Services

Given that the goal of the Hackathon was to discover, incubate and support market-worthy solutions that will help improve the management of infectious diseases, panelists shared insights about what areas were of greatest interest, the pitfalls to avoid and in sharing their rich experience, inspired hackers to think of effective practical solutions appropriate to the Nigerian context.

Participating Teams This year the participation criteria was simple. Participants were to apply as teams presenting ideas that were relevant to the subject area and financially sustainable. Participating teams were to have at least one health professional to provide context around the solutions they

9 were to build. Over 70 entries were received, and the following were the shortlisted teams that went on to participate in the hackathon:

Team Sample Movers aimed to bridge the gaps in the movement of samples arising from routine and emergency surveillance from the collection points to the laboratory with an “uber�-like transportation model that also incorporated training up a workforce of sample takers in each community.

Team Yiino developed an app to educate kids in a fun way about handwashing and other ways of preventing infectious diseases.

Team Emcorp presented Saniband, a portable hand sanitizer in a hand band, with a web-based app where orders can be placed for them.

Team Safe created a surveillance system, where users can report suspected infectious disease outbreaks.

Team Datex leveraged on mobile technology to create a product meant to help improve health care access in rural areas.

Team MedShell created an app and web-based symptom checker to help people become more aware of the signs and symptoms of infectious diseases and signpost them to relevant health facilities.


Team Ayuna Health designed a mobile app to improve verified health workers reporting of suspected cases of notifiable infectious diseases to the appropriate public health authorities and enhance health workers’ awareness of on-going possible or confirmed outbreaks.

Team V-Spotter came up with a One-Health approach- a platform where users can access veterinarian’s advice and treatment for their animals and through which vets can more easily report animal infectious diseases to relevant health authorities.

Team Corona Management Services created BetaLyf, a solution designed to scale up routine immunization by sending reminders to mothers or caregivers via SMS to take children for vaccination.

Mentorship Program At EpiAFRIC we recognize that a huge part of the success of the Hackathon rests firmly on mentoring, so for this year’s hackathon we implemented our very first mentorship program; a mentorship which enhances our vision for a dynamic, empowering and effective support package for participants. There were two mentorship groups working with the teams throughout the three days, as they built financially viable prototypes of technological solutions that could be implemented in the health sector to improve infectious diseases prevention, notification, surveillance and outbreak response. The mentors had regular mentor-meetings during the weekend to assess the situation, identify potential problems in advance and provide help to participants. There was also an initial pitching exercise on the second day of the hackathon to the mentors, a chance for the participating teams to present test pitches of their proposed solutions and receive valuable feedback ahead of the final hackathon presentations.


Mentorship Teams Health Mentorship Team – To provide guidance on context and sustainability based on understanding of the Nigerian Health Sector.


Judging Panel The judges for the hackathon were drawn from the health, tech, and business sectors.

The Hackathon teams had 5 minutes to pitch their ideas and show demos while the judges had 5 minutes to ask questions.

Judging Criteria The following are the breakdown of the criteria by which solutions were judged; •

Simplicity: How simple is the demo? 10 points

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Design: Is the user interface attractive, appropriate or pleasing enough for users to start using the project? 10 points

Solves a problem: Is the demo trying to really solve an existing significant problem? 10 points

Technology: Are the functional, practical components, programming languages, and techniques appropriate for the target audience? E.g. a web app for rural dweller may not be the best tech to use. 10 points

Sustainable - Projects must show a source of revenue that is practical and attainable. 10 points

Overall score - 50.

HEALTH MEETS TECH HACKATHON “INFECTIOUS DISEASES” WINNERS In first place was Team Emcorp, they presented ‘SaniBand’, an “effective and fashionable hand sanitizer in a hand band”, with an app and online platform where users can order refills. In second place was Team AyunaHealth’s mobile app designed to allow verified health workers to report and notify health authorities about suspected cases of infectious diseases. They were inspired by the experience of Dr Folakemi Cole-Adeife, a team member and senior registrar in medicine at LASUTH. She had spoken about the challenges she and her colleagues faced with the existing methods of notification. In third place was an idea that leveraged on the popular “Uber” transportation model but for the movement of infectious diseases samples from collection point to laboratories, presented by Team Sample Movers, allowing more rapid diagnosis and earlier identification of possible outbreaks. Teams received cash prizes as well as registration into an incubation programme to help support them as they get their solutions ready for market.

Social Media Report For 2018 Health Meets Tech Infectious Diseases Hackathon Official Hashtag - #HealthMeetsTechNG Analytics (4/24/2018 – 5/25/2018) •

Posts (the number of posts made with hashtag) = 3,045

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Users (the number of users who have posted with your tracked hashtag) = 417

Timeline deliveries (the number of times that users have seen posts containing the hashtag) = 10,481,682

Reach (the number of unique users who have seen posts containing the hashtag) = 1,612,715.

Live Streaming on Facebook Day 1 •

The live video lasted 2hrs 42mins

We had a total of 405 views on Facebook

The live video lasted 2hrs 8mins

We had a total of 500 views on Facebook

Day 3

Other social media activities: •

Twitter chat with partners held on Thursday, 17th May 2018

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Radio show hosted on NigeriaInfoAbuja on Thursday, 17th May 2018

Photos from the event published on EpiAFRIC’s Facebook Page: 02273

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Post Hackathon Activities Cash Prizes: •

First Prize – N700,000

Second Prize – N500,000

Third Prize – N350,000

(40% of cash prizes will be given to the winners on the day of the Hackathon. 60% will be used to run logistics of the Incubation Booth Camp)

THE HEALTH MEETS TECH INCUBATOR PROGRAM: A 3-Month bespoke Health Meets Tech Incubation Program put together by Health Meets Tech partners: •

Ventures Platform

Digital Health Nigeria

Pandemic Tech

Tech Ranch



The Program will include: Ideation – This module is designed to introduce the student and potential incubates to what a start-up is. It will enable you will learn how to discover an idea, validate it and develop a testable business model around this idea. Launch – After coming up with your business idea and establishing that this venture fits your values and it is something you would love to do/build, this module guides you on how to achieve a product-market fit for your product/solution and begin to gain traction. Grow – This module is designed to equip a startup with the fundamental skills, structure and know-how to sustain and scale its product/services. The program also includes an award- winning social impact entrepreneurship accelerator program from a world-renowned technology start-up accelerator, and access to an international virtual ecosystem and mentorships.

REFERENCES National Policy on Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (2005). Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, Nigeria About the NCDC. Available from [accessed on October 01, 2017] Lassa Fever - Nigeria. Available at [accessed on October 6, 2017] Press Release: Suspected Monkey Pox Outbreak in Bayelsa State. Available at [accessed on October 6, 2017] Nigeria Unveils New Guidelines for Disease Surveillance. Available at [accessed on October 02, 2017]



A Hackathon Team at work

Paddy Anigbo, Nkem Momah & Ike Anya

Dr. Andrew Nerlinger, CEO of PandemicTech

Ayuna Health team member, Folake can fly

Keynote Speaker – Prof. Tomori

Njide Ndili, Estelle Mbadiwe, Ike Anya & Ifeanyi Nsofor

Panelists: Tomori, Emeka, Kola, Ezinne, Chikwe & Andrew

US Ambassador to Nigeria Stuart Symington & Ifeanyi Nsofor, CEO EpiAFRIC


Full album of hackathon is available here.

EpiAFRIC Social Media Team and Ezinne Anyanwu

Andrew, Estelle, Ifeanyi & Kevin

Report of #HealthMeetsTechNG Infectious Diseases Hackathon, 2018  

In recent years, EpiAFRIC has helped create and support opportunities to promote innovation in the Nigerian healthcare industry through work...

Report of #HealthMeetsTechNG Infectious Diseases Hackathon, 2018  

In recent years, EpiAFRIC has helped create and support opportunities to promote innovation in the Nigerian healthcare industry through work...