Private Sector Health Alliance Announces iQube Labs, Health Central & More as Winners of Nigeria’s 1st Healthcare Hackathon

Nigeria’s first ever Healthcare Hackathon was kicked off recently by the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN), the public private institution led by Alhaji Aliko Dangote (Founding Patron), Bill Gates, Jim Ovia (Co-chair), Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate (Co-chair),Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Sola David Borha, Muntaqa Umar-sadiq (MD / CEO) and other corporate leaders – in partnership with the Ministry of Communication and Technology open data day (Co-creation hub and Idea hub), the Saving One Million Lives Initiative (SOMLI), NPHCDA, World Bank, Code for Africa, and Cousant Technologies.private-sector-health-alliance-healthcare-hackathon-bellanaija-february2014002-600x398The Private Sector Health Alliance is a private sector led coalition that seeks to mobilize the private sector to contribute to the Saving One Million Lives Movement and advance Nigeria’s progress in meeting the health related MDGs by focusing on innovation, strategic partnerships, advocacy and impact investments.

The landmark healthcare hackathon saw teams of tech entrepreneurs participate in the day long hackathon where PHN provided representative healthcare datasets that included facility level, household and programmatic data points for the leading causes of mortality (including malnutrition and malaria). In addition, locations of primary healthcare centers and referral hospitals in all 36+1 States in the country were unveiled with State level human resource for health data and other socio-economic indicators. PHN also gave cash prizes to three winning teams that developed the most innovative mobile and ICT solutions based on the datasets provided.

Meeting the winner of the healthcare hackathon, iQube labs (who used PHN healthcare datasets to developed an innovative mobile health solution to address supply chain challenges for essential health commodities and incorporated GIS / crowd sourcing layers to potentially estimate alternative routes to support the distribution and management of drugs in crises prone States); Alhaji Aliko Dangote said that “as part of the innovation pillar of the Alliance, we recently launched the Nigeria Health Innovation Marketplace (NHIM), an intervention aimed at providing a convergence platform for identifying and incubating innovative health products, technologies and approaches – in a bid to provide market linkages to enable promising health innovations such as iQube labs achieve scale and impact on the nation’s effort in meeting Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4, 5 and 6“.

Co-chair of PHN, Jim Ovia congratulated the winners and stated that the NHIM comprises 3 core elements; Virtual Health Innovation Portal, Health Innovation Hub/Incubator and Health Innovation Challenges/Hackathons.

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