6th Annual CAMTech Uganda Medtech Hack-a-thon

#CommunityHack | 24-26 August 2018 | Mbarara University of Science and Technology | Mbarara, Uganda

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The 6th Annual CAMTech Uganda Medtech Hack-a-thon convened over 290 innovators from around the world to solve critical health challenges in low-resource settings. This year’s Hack-a-thon at Mbarara University of  Science and Technology focused on innovating to 

improve community health services to attain universal health coverage. Teams worked during this 48-hour event to transform ideas into prototypes that have the potential to revolutionize health outcomes in Uganda and around the world. 

Congratulations to Virtual Health Team, Grand Prize Winner!

Virtual Health Team received 3.5 million UGX as the grand prize winners. Their affordable medical technology is an app that trains Village Health Team workers (VHTs) to provide health education tools for their communities in a profit-sharing model that incentivizes VHTs.

First Runner-Up: Team Digital Speaking Assistant (DSA) received 2.8 million UGX for innovating a device that improves communication between health providers and the hearing impaired

Second Runner-Up: Team Breast Me Bag received 2.1 million UGX for innovating temperature-controlled storage for breast milk

Third Runner-Up: Team WASH received 1.165 million UGX for innovating a system that reinforces hand washing reminders

Honorable Mentions: Team Mosquito Attracting & Killing (MAAK) Bulb and Helping Mothers Team (HMT) received honorable mentions at 350,000 UGX


Oxford Inn, Plot 12, Bananuka Road/P.O. Box 303, Mbarara Road

8:00 AM - 9:00 AMArrival and Registration
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Briefing of Panel Modulators by Mr. Ntaro Moses
9:15 AM - 9:30 AMOpening Remarks by Dr. Data Santorino, CAMTech Uganda Country Manager
9:30 AM - 9:45 AMKeynote Speech by Professor Edgar Mulogo, Department of Community Health at Mbarara University of Science and Technology
9:45 AM - 10:45 AMPanel 1: Community Participation (Modulator: Ms. Teddy Kyomuhangi, Health Child Uganda)
10:45 AM - 11:15 AMBreak Tea
11:15 AM - 12:15 PMPanel 2: Service Delivery (Modulator: Dr. Immaculate Mandera, ADHO - Kabale)
12:15 PM - 1:15 PMPanel 3: Health Information Management (Modulator: Ms Ayebare Sylivia, Mbarara District Biostatistician)
1:15 PM - 1:30 PMClosing Remarks by Dr. Kris Olson, CAMTech Director
1:30 PMLunch
6:00 PM Cocktail Reception (MGH Guest House, Plot 2, Muti Drive Boma, Mbarara, Uganda; opposite Little Woods Inn)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Introduction and Welcome
Opening Remarks: Dr. Data Santorino, CAMTech Uganda Country Manager
o Teddy, Health Child Uganda (HCU)
o Dr. Isaac, Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL)
o The Journey of a CAMTech Uganda Innovation – Mukama Martin, CAMTech Uganda Co-Creation Lab Manager
Welcoming Remarks: Professor Celestino Obua, Vince Chancellor, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)
Welcoming Remarks: Dr. Kris Olson, CAMTech Director
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM• Barbeque, refreshments and interaction
• Cake-cutting ceremony, music and more interaction
• Cocktail reception ends

Saturday, 25 August 2018

MUST Main Campus Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research (IITR) – Room 2

8:00 AM - 9:00 AMArrival and registration
9:00 AM - 9:30 AMOpening Remarks
• Professor Obua, Vince Chancellor, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)
• Dr. Kris Olson, CAMTech Director
9:30 AM - 9:45 AMGroup Photograph
9:45 AM - 10:40 AMMorning Keynotes
• Overall Theme: Theodora Mondo Twongyirwe, CAMTech Uganda Board Chair Person
• Highlights from the Challenge Summit: Dr. Kris Olson
• What are Considerations for a Good Business Model: Kawanja, Villgro Kenya
• Professor Suruma Ezra, Head of the Delivery Unit - Office of the Prime Minister
• Honorable Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of Uganda
10:40 AM - 11:10 AM• Introduction of Mentors
• Hack-a-thon 101 (Rules/Format/Judging Criteria)
11:10 AM - 12:10 PMPitching session (registration of pitches via link on website)
12:10 PM - 1:00 PM • Forming of cross-disciplinary teams
• Hack Store opens
• Mentor Briefing at Resource Center
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch (Participants are welcome to hack through lunch)
1:30 PM - 5:30 PMHacking Commences (Mentors are encouraged to talk to teams; Participants are welcome to continue hacking after 5:30 PM)
5:30-8:00 PMRegistration of team; link opens on website

Sunday, 26 August 2018

MUST Main Campus Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research (IITR) – Room 2

8:00 AM - 8:30 AMDeadline for Final Team Registration
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM Issuing of order/time slots and stations for teams’ practice presentations to mentors
9:00 AM - 12:00 PMTeams practice presentations (2 stations)
11:30 AM - 12:00 PMPress de-brief
12:00 PM - 1:30 PMLunch (Participants are welcome to hack through lunch)
• Issuing of order/time slots and stations for first round of judging, to a panel of judges organized around innovation themes.
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Judging Briefing
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM First Round of Judging
2:30 - 3:30 PM • Selection of top 6 teams for final judging
• Preparations for final judging
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Top teams’ final presentation to Judges
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM • Judges deliberate
• Hack-a-thon Feedback Session
• Participants complete post hack-a-thon evaluation form (via link on website)
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Awards ceremony
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM Closing Remarks
• Dr. Data Santorino
• Dr. Kris Olson
• Mr. Bagiire Vincent Waiswa, Permanent Secretary – Ministry of ICT and National Guidance
5:15 PM - 5:30 PMPress release
Dr. Twinamatsiko Medard
Mr. Zulu RichardBusiness
Ms. Phillipa MakoboreEngineering
Dr. Obongoloch Engineering
Mr. Mathew OchengEngineering
Ms. Evelyn NamaraEngineering
Mr. Teddy RugeEngineering
Dr. Isaac SewanyanaClinical Medicine
Professor Edgar MulogoClinical Medicine
Dr. Ntaro MosesClinical Medicine
Dr. Imelda TumwesigyeClinical Medicine
Dr. Francis BajunirweClinical Medicine
Dr. Edina TuryakiraClinical Medicine
Dr. Fred BagendaClinical Medicine
Dr. Peter KawungeziClinical Medicine
Dr. Gad RuzaazaClinical Medicine
Dr. Jerome KabakyengaClinical Medicine
Ms. Beebwa EstherNursing
Ms. Vallence NiyonzimaNursing
Ms. Grace Nambozi Nursing
Ms. Hanifah NantongoNursing
Ms. Nabulo HarrietNursing
Ms. Catherine AtuhaireNursing
Ms. Fortunate Atwine Nursing
Ms. Florence Beinempaka Nursing
Ms. Confidence Atuheire Nursing
Ms. Betty Kinkuhaire Nursing
Ms. Jannat Namagga KasoziNursing
Ms. Eva Wanyenze Nursing
Clinical ChallengesDescription
Nutrition1. Food security in the community. Some areas do not have food in the community and they eat once sometimes once or twice a week. This is a case in Kiruhura district where people tell you we have to eat twice a week that’s food and then depend on milk.
2. Information we health workers give to these people. They don’t know the reason why they should balance the diet. For example when they come to the health facility and we are assessing the nutritional status when we do the MUAC, they ask why we are doing this.
3. People prefer selling than eating. They have food but they onetime sell all the food for cash.
4. Knowledge gap among the community members.
5. Knowledge of appropriate foods and how they prepare them
6. Soil fertility levels. We have used some soils for so long and fertility is coming down and they are no longer productive as they used to be and we don’t know what fertilizers to use and money to buy these fertilizers. Fertility is going down yet land is still the same.
7. Selling of the nutritious feed. The head of the family sells off all the food.
8. Lack of sensitisation
9. Food preparation and storage, inappropriate food preparation and storage.
10. Food group identification in the community. They don’t know food groups, just what is there is what they eat. They don’t mind whether these are carbohydrates for them food is food.
11. Growth monitoring is no more. VHTs who do this are no longer there.
12. Food preparation and nutrition assessment among community members and support.
13. Demonstration gardens are lacking at community and facility level
Maternal & Child Health1. Lack of or inadequate male involvement in maternal child health concerns
2. Children are not completing DPT due to expectation that is lack of immunisation.
3. Lack of equipment at the health facilities for example for antnatal we don’t have BP machines
4. Attending antenatal care late, people attend the first but they are in the third tremister.
5. Ignorance of some mothers. They don’t knpow why they should go for ANC visits or to deliver in the health units.
6. Cuktural beliefs
7. Some mothers don’t want to test HIV so they decide not to go to health units (Stigma related to HIV)
8. Late antenatal after 16 weeks
9. Low deliveries at health facilities
10. Not completing immunisation in time
11. Low knowledge on managing simple illinesses like malaria
12. Poor immunisation coverage
13. Some illnesses are mistaken to be traditionally caused hence not seeking medical attention
14. Death of children and mothers in the hands of unqualified health workers using traditional birth attendants
15. Early pregnancies or teenage pregnancies
Sanitation & Hygiene 1. VHTs are not supported by chiefs and other local leaders (in adequate support mechanisms to communities)
2. In some areas people don’t have safe water
3. Low latrine coverage and this could be related to poor leadership
4. Poor hand washing practices
5. Poor access to clean safe water
6. Menstrual hygiene which creates infections
7. Cultural norms for example poor hand washing practices
8. Knowledge gaps on the consequences of poor sanitation and hygiene practices
9. Poor food handling and unscreened food handlers on food sellers
10. Poor food storage facilities
Management of Locally Endemic Diseases1. A lot of self medication in the community
2. Capacity of our communities to identify and manage endemic diseases
3. Commodities are lacking, for example for ORS not being available
4. Poor health seeking behaviour as some areas are far from health facilities
5. Knowledge gap on treatment on both health facilities and communities
6. Inadequate medicine at community level and stock outs
Community Participation1. Some communities are not informed of their responsibilities
2. Health workers do not attend community dialogues
3. Some community members do not like volunteerism most of them do not do activities where they don’t earn. People come when they are expecting remuneration for example immunisation
4. Community members expect pay for every activity they are involved in
5. Primary health data tools are not well filled
6. Community dialogue meetings are not done by leaders and even leaders do not attend
7. Some do not get involved because they expect certain levels of education which hinders them
8. Relationship between some health workers and community is poor. Some health workers are not recognised and they get discouraged
Health Information Management1. Inadequate feedback mechanisms about health data to the community. We generate data in health facilities but we never tell them what happened. It ends up in box and ministry of health and the community needs to know.
2. Incomplete reports from community workers and unreliable data
3. Health workers don’t have time to give information to patients
4. Primary data tools are not well filled both at health facility and community level
5. Knowledge gap as some do not know what to fill because of inadequate staffing
6. Incompleteness of primary data because of knowledge gap
7. Non submission of information from VHTs, lack of commitment from community workers especially VHTs
8. Lack of time to do the reporting leading to poor and inadequate reports. They sit and concoct reports when they are required
9. Data tools are not accurate for different reporting.
HotelLocation Rates (UGX) Contacts
Oxford InnPlot 12/14 Bananuka Drive• Suites = 170000
• Doubles = 110000
• Singles = 90000
• Twin = 130000
• +256754661578
• +256778784030
• oxfordinn@gmail.com
• www.oxfordinnhotel.com
Hotel KashPlot 92 Masaka Road• Suites = 250000
• Double executive = 150000
• Single executive = 120000
• Double standard = 150000
• Single standard = 120000
• Double deluxe = 90000
• Single deluxe = 70000
• +256706751466
• reservation@hotelkash.com
• www.hotelkash.com
Hotel KashPlot 5 Bananuka Drive• Double deluxe = 85000
• Single deluxe = 65000
• Twin deluxe = 85000
• +256706751466
• reservation@hotelkash.com
• www.hotelkash.com
Pelican HotelBananuka Drive (Kiswahili Lane)• Singles = 47200 (Breakfast for 2)
• Singles = 41300 (Breakfast for 1)
• Double = 59000 (Breakfast for 2)
• Double = 53000 (Breakfast for 1)
• Twins = 70600 (Breakfast for 2)
• Suites = 100000, 80000, 65000 (Breakfast for 2)
• +256702579199
• +256772579199
• 0793056083
Acacia Hotel200m from MUST on Kabale Road• Single = 90000
• Double = 130000
• Twin 2 = 130000
• Twin 4 = 160000 (Negotiable)
• 0392916391
• acaciahotel@live.com
• www.skyblue-hotels.com
Little Woods InnMuti Road, Boma Mbarara• Single = 85000
• Double = 95000
(with breakfast)
• +256392175573
• littlewoodsinnmbarara@gmail.com
• www.littlewoodsinnmbarara.com
Agip MotelMasaka Road• Single occupancy is at $ 50
• Double occupancy is at $ 75
• Suite occupancy is at $100

• Single occupancy is at $40
• Double occupancy is at $60
• Suite occupancy is at $75

(all the prices are inclusive of Breakfast)
• +256485421615

Questions about Sponsorship? Contact Martin Mukama, CAMTech Uganda Co-Creation Lab Manager, at: mukama.martin@gmail.com.