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What can I do to develop technology for health in Africa?

I am currently a final-year medical student in Uganda. I have learned data analysis with R, moving on to learn machine learning. I am also learning python. I am interested in working majorly on AI for health

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Emerson’s Answer

Given your skillset and interest, consider competing in a Kaggle competition, such as these:
* https://www.kaggle.com/competitions/ventilator-pressure-prediction
* https://www.kaggle.com/competitions/afsis-soil-properties

Participating could help you practice what you learned in school, expand your repertoire to realistic problems, and add some accomplishments to your resume.
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Brendon’s Answer

Something that would be helpful is to develop image recognition software to identify diseases early for doctors. Best of luck! That is very kind of you do want to do something great for them!
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Fru’s Answer

Hi there, it will seem to me that you already have or are working on a solid tech background. My advice ? Be entrepreneurial about it, look at a specific problem that plagues healthcare in your country and see how that could be solved with some AI/ML. In Africa, we have barely scraped the surface of tech solutions to our pressing needs so if you are passionate about bringing some innovation in this sector, you won't have to think too hard. Just make sure that it is a solution tailored for the African context. Understand accessibility concerns to internet, smartphones and overall city infrastructures.
Hope this can help.
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Bob’s Answer

Hi- nice to see your question! I have worked in Uganda for many years, and came back to the US right before Covid hit and got stranded here- I return on June 3. I am involved in the medical sector, but from the infrastructure side of things- focussing on oxygen generation this time. I think Covid has shown the world the need for oxygen in health centers and there has been a big push to get better access to oxygen for smaller scale health centers. I am not sure what is going on with AI in Uganda- you might want to consider getting outside of the country for some education and exposure to places where there is more research going on- then return and try and partner with one of the larger health centers/medical schools in the country.
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