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Sensi Hub commences Health Hackathon on risk communication

May 30, 2018

By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma

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Sensi Hub, a leading innovation tech hub in the country has on Monday commenced a four -day Health Hackathon on Risk Communication at their headquarters on Aberdeen in Freetown.

The Health Hackathon on Risk Communication-which is a technological innovative session – will run through from Monday through Thursday, 28th -31st May.

Director of Sensi Tech Innovation Hub, Morris Marah, said the four- day Health Hackathon on Risk Communication was a concept developed by GIZ-the German government programme-which they’re running across West Africa to support local West African nations that were previously affected by the Ebola crisis -to be better prepared for future outbreaks.

‘’So what we are doing is a complement of that programme. We are  looking at opportunities to develop ICT solutions that can help our local government and emergency operations centre to be better prepared with ICT tools dealing with future outbreaks like Ebola or other disasters,’ he said

Morris Marah said the four -day training would attract people from all walks of life including entrepreneurs and information and Communications Technology students from different universities.

He said those professionals would be shared into groups and that they would later develop solutions on risk communication for health.

He noted that prizes would be given to the top three teams at the end of the four- day workshop.

The Sensi Tech boss further said the awards would be in a form of a startup toolkit that would include service platform subscriptions, infrastructure, equipment and other supportive materials.

“The 1st prize goes for $2,500, followed by $1,500 for the 2nd prize, and $1,000 for the 3rd prize,” he said.

One of the participants, Iye Mary Sallu, expressed her delight to be part of the four day programme, which she said would enable them to create a health solution project.

The four –day Health Hackathon on Risk Communication for West Africa was funded by GIZ as part of the German Cooperation financed project: ‘Regional Program supporting Pandemic Prevention in the ECOWAS Region (RPPP) including GFA Consulting Group.’

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