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How can we keep up with digital health’s fast-paced growth?

NAIROBI, Kenya — Digital health is developing quicker than the training to keep those working in health and those developing the technology used in health to stay up to date.

How do we keep up with digital health’s fast paced growth?

For one, leverage the expertise and market knowledge of those working in the space.

That’s why, Microsoft Africa Development Centre (ADC), Population Services International (PSI) and AMREF Health Africa partnered for season four of Game of Learners, a five-week hackathon that convened 80+ students from 11 African countries to develop technology solutions that make it easier for people to access primary healthcare.

Across Africa, healthcare systems face many challenges that limits people’s ability to choose quality care. That includes inadequate health infrastructure, shortage of health care personnel, limited access to essential medicine, low health literacy and poor health seeking behavior.

Increasing access to affordable digital technology can address these challenges.

“Through the competition, we can obtain what we hope will be a creative solution to long-standing healthcare challenges and assist [participants] in learning more about how to use technology for good,” said Ruth Ferland, Regional Head of Student and Community Engagement, Microsoft ADC.

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