DASH in Africa is a collaboration between the Harvard Global Health Institute, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, the MIT Critical Data Group, and other partners. The project is made possible thanks to the support of the Novartis Foundation.
Harvard Global Health Institute leverages expertise and resources across Harvard and beyond to pioneer solutions to the biggest challenges in human health. As a reputable academic institution, HGHI can come to the table as an educational facilitator while also engaging key stakeholders across sectors and disciplines. HGHI’s goal is to empower the next generation of leaders and push the status quo through the development of evidence-based knowledge and tools.
HGHI AI in Global Health Program
Among the Institute’s robust programmatic endeavors is the Artificial Intelligence & Health Program, which examines the promise, potential and challenges that automated technologies bring as they impact healthcare in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This domain was developed in response to an urgent need – these technologies are rapidly developing, yet we have a limited understanding of the impact they will have on people, systems and societies. At a health systems level, many questions remain largely unanswered. How do we strategically map AI to the most pressing global health challenges? How do we evaluate these technologies to assess if they reach their intended outcome? How do we use AI to better understand global health problems, and when trying to solve them, how do you effectively integrate it into the underlying health system?
Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) was established in October 1989 as the second public university in Uganda. It started with a pioneer Faculty of Medicine offering the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB). The major aim of establishing the university was to bridge the gap of health professionals in the country. The university trains doctors and other health professionals such as nurses, pharmacists, medical laboratory scientists and recently, physiotherapists.
MIT Critical Data is an affiliation of research labs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology who are engaged in research in and around “Critical Data”, more specifically data that has a critical impact on human health.
This project is made possible with support from the Novartis Foundation. Novartis Foundation is a philanthropic organization aiming to have a sustainable impact on the health of low-income communities. They tackle global health challenges through a mix of programmatic work, health outcomes research, and their translation into policy. We are convening local and global partners and work with them hand-in-hand to catalyze sustainable healthcare models to improve access and health outcomes.
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HARVARD GLOBAL HEALTH INSTITUTE
Director of Content and Strategy
A German-American journalist and content strategist with 25+ years of experience in international media and higher education, Stefanie Friedhoff currently serves as Director of Content and Strategy and Senior Editor at HGHI. She is an expert at creating innovative approaches to engage audiences in critical conversations about global health. Friedhoff has worked as a foreign correspondent, feature writer, editor and photographer on three continents. Her stories have been published in TIME, The Boston Globe, Geo, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and many other publications. A 2001 Nieman Foundation for Journalism Fellow, she is also a senior advisor to the Trust for Trauma Journalism and a board member at RiffReporter. Twitter: @Stefanie2000
Assistant Director of Programs & Innovation
As the lead for HGHI’s work on Artificial Intelligence & Global Health and Global Health Systems, Megan cultivates multi-disciplinary partnerships across sectors and geographies that drive innovative output to meet timely public health needs. She leverages her experience in both research and management to explore how technology can be a transformative force for improving health globally. Megan holds a Master of Science in epidemiology from Harvard University and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois- Champaign/Urbana.
A Research Associate and Project Manager at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Global Health Institute, Mahrokh Irani works on Health System Reforms and Quality of Care in India. She also manages a variety of other projects at HGHI. Prior to joining the Institute, Mahrokh was a practicing Oral Surgeon and Oral Public Health Researcher in Mumbai. She primarily worked with marginalized populations and underprivileged patients suffering from systemic diseases like HIV, Tuberculosis, and Oral cancer. She conducted research on identifying health seeking behaviors in minority groups, women and children; as well implemented quality improvement processes for oral health services at public hospitals. Mahrokh holds a Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery from Nair Hospital Dental College and a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Senior Multimedia and Engagement Editor
Caroline Claflin is an artist, filmmaker, and designer. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. She supports a broad swath of communications needs at HGHI, visualizing materials and telling stories across the Institute’s social media channels and web presence. Specializing in video and animation, Claflin has produced a range of commercial and independent shorts. Her work has been screened at domestic film festivals as well as internationally. She enjoys storytelling and project management in equal measure. Before joining HGHI, Claflin was part of the communications team at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University.
Elie Lehman graduated from Cornell University in 2018 where he studied Philosophy and Global Health. After graduation, he joined HGHI as a Program Assistant and provides programmatic and research support to HGHI’s Technology and Innovation and Climate Change and Health portfolios.
Luke Testa graduated from Saint Anselm College in May of 2019 with a degree in Sociology. Before joining HGHI, Luke was involved with several nonprofit and public service initiatives where he gained experience in program development, research, and entrepreneurship. Between 2013 and 2017, Luke co-founded and managed the nonprofit Project PLAY NH which sought to increase youth access to organized sports in New Hampshire. More recently, Luke served as the Director of Program for HOBY NH and was committed to several positions at the Sununu Youth Services Center. Here, he researched, developed, and managed programs that aimed to lower the youth recidivism rate. Luke’s passion for global health has its roots in the time he spent performing research in Dolpo, Nepal and the lessons he learned regarding gender disparity in health systems globally.
MBARARA UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Educator and Tech Entrepreneur Richard Kimera earned his Bachelor of Information Technology from MUST and an MSc in Tech-Entrepreneurship Competence from Handong Global University (South Korea). At MUST, Kimera works on mobile computing, knowledge engineering, and health data science while coordinating a joint course between MUST and MIT (Boston). Kimera is a board member for Global Auto Systems LTD–an IT company focused on the automation of organization processes using ICT.
Dr. ir. Fred Kaggwa (PhD) holds a PhD in Computing from Mbarara University of Science and Technology. At the University of Twente-Netherlands, Kaggwa was the first Masters Graduate in Computer Security in Western Uganda and Most Parts of the Country. Currently, Fred serves as the Deputy Chairperson of the Quality Assurance Committee as well as a Lecturer, ITE instructor, Coordinator of Quality Assurance, Coordinator of Industrial Training/Internship, and the Head of the Computer Security Research Group at the MUST Faculty of Computing and Informatics (FCI). Kaggwa also works as IT specialist at the CAMTech Uganda incubator.
Rogers Mwavu is an educator and innovative software developer. He earned his Master of Science in Information Systems from MUST, where he is also currently pursuing a PhD. Mwavu is proficient in designing and formulating test automation frameworks and in code writing for various object-oriented programming languages. His specialization includes developing medical solutions that improve access to quality of health care services for underserved populations.
MIT critical data
Principal Research Scientist
As clinical research director and principal research scientist at the MIT Laboratory for Computational Physiology (LCP), and as a practicing intensive care unit (ICU) physician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Leo Celi brings together clinicians and data scientists to support research using data routinely collected in the process of care. His group built and maintains the publicly-available Medical Information Mart for Intensive Care (MIMIC) database and the Philips-MIT eICU Collaborative Research Database, with more than 12,000 users from around the world. In addition, Celi is one of the course directors for HST.936 – global health informatics to improve quality of care, and HST.953 – collaborative data science in medicine, both at MIT.
Doctoral Candidate, University of Rwanda
Arsen Muhumuza is Chair of the International Student Surgical Network. He currently works as the Chair of InciSioN Rwanda, an International Student’s surgical network. Muhumuza founded and managed the Rwanda Digital Health Initiative in order to promote collaboration between students from diverse sectors with the goal of developing tech solutions for health. He is a self-motivated youth leader, trainer, and public speaker with a special skill set in enhancing the contribution and engagement of young leaders in global health.
Digital & AI Stakeholder Engagement Lead
Lucy Setian’s expertise is in digital strategy, product innovation, corporate strategy and business development with more than 12 years of relevant experience. She is a Computer Engineer from the German faculty program of TU-Sofia & TU-Karlsruhe with a magna cum laude degree in Communication Sciences from VUB-Brussels, and currently pursuing Executive MBA at Solvay Business School. Lucy is fluent in German, English, Armenian, Bulgarian, and French.