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Kampala Virtual 2022

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The Founder Institute focuses on helping tech or tech-enabled businesses at the pre-seed stage, including both solo-founders and teams. This includes established businesses that are pre-funding and traction, MVP and prototype-stage projects, and even part-time founders with just ideas.

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Call For Applications: Free Online Course – Youth Agri-Entrepreneurship & Business Growth

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Call For Applications: Free Online Course - Youth Agri-Entrepreneurship & Business Growth. Application Deadline: 22nd November 2021.

The African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) in collaboration the Private Sector Development and Finance Division (PSDF); the Women, Youth Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD) of the African Union Commission, and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Africa, is organizing this training to support digital transformation of youth agribusinesses which will provide catalytic drivers for an accelerated achievement of full employment and sustainable and inclusive growth as pursued by African countries.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide a platform for young people to drive the African Development Agenda in the context of digital agriculture
  • Facilitate the understanding of digital agriculture pillars through case studies and analysis of emerging trends
  • Demonstrate ICT services and tools’ transformative power for production and access to market for smallholder farmers, agricultural cooperatives and agripreneurship activities
  • Facilitate the development of digital strategies and services for youth agribusinesses

Application Deadline: Monday 22nd November, 2021.

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Health Innovation Conference 2021 Highlights

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The Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation-Hon. Dr. Monica Musenero (3rd R) with Dr. Andrew Kambugu-Executive Director, IDI (C), Dr. Rosalind Parkes Ratanshi-Director, Academy for Health Innovation Uganda-IDI (3rd L) and other participants at the Health Innovation Conference Launch on 9th November 2021, IDI-McKinnell Knowledge Centre, Makerere University.

The Third Edition of the Annual Health Innovation Conference was held virtually from 9th to 11th November 2021 based on the theme Collaborating to Transform. Hosted by The Ugandan Academy for Health Innovation, a hub which sits within the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) Makerere University, the conference seeks to harness new, emerging and all capable technologies to improve the quality and access to healthcare in Uganda and the region at large.

Highlights of the conference which was officially opened by the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Monica Musenero are now available for review.

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Health Innovation Conference 2021- Keynote Session: Leveraging Technology to Transform Healthcare

Health Innovation Conference 2021- Keynote Session: Leveraging Technology to Transform Healthcare

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Design Thinking in Health Innovations

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Design Thinking in Health Innovations

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Sustainability: From Idea to Business

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Sustainability: From Idea to Business

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Plenary Session: Harnessing PPP in Healthcare

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Plenary Session: Harnessing PPP in Healthcare

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Equity and Inclusion

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Equity and Inclusion

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Emerging Technologies

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Emerging Technologies

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Data Security

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Data Security

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Technology Advancements for Global Health/Climate Change

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Technology Advancements for Global Health/Climate Change

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Health Innovations Addressing Equity and Inclusion

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Health Innovations Addressing Equity and Inclusion

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Global Health/One Health

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Global Health/One Health

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – World Bank Presentation on Digital Health Strategies

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – World Bank Presentation on Digital Health Strategies

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Interoperability

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Interoperability

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – AI and Gender Workshop

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – AI and Gender Workshop

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Abstract Presentations 1

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Abstract Presentations 1

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Abstract Presentations 2

Health Innovation Conference 2021 – Abstract Presentations 2

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Leveraging Drone Technology in the COVID-19 Rapid Response in Rural Areas of Uganda

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An IDI staff demonstrates how the medical drones will work. Photo credit: UNCDF

The Infectious Diseases Institute at Makerere University, with funding and technical assistance from the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), officially launches a project to pilot the use of medical drone technology in the West Nile districts of Moyo and Adjumani. This project will support surveillance mechanisms, early reporting of any health threats or outbreak indicators within the systems, including rapid response to COVID-19.

Drone technology has the potential to solve several challenges that make the delivery of health care services particularly difficult in the West Nile. With geographical barriers like difficult terrains and very remote areas, drones can solve a piece of the logistical puzzle. They can transport test samples within drastically reduced timelines, kickstarting timely treatments. The project will be using two different drone types; a multi-rotor for short distances, up to 30km, and a fixed-wing drone for longer distances; over 30km.

This research project will assess the efficiency and effectiveness of drone deliveries as a viable solution for Uganda’s health sector. This is done in close collaboration with the health service teams on the ground, to ensure that the drones actually solve part of the puzzle, contributing to the sustainability of this solution.

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