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Innovate4Health’s 32 finalist teams: For social innovations to address emerging infectious diseases!

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2020-11-20

COVID-19 has exposed the fault lines in many health systems and the challenges this poses for addressing emerging infectious diseases, from drug-resistant infections to COVID-19. In our era of globalization, outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases are expected to become more common. This can be a chance to transform communities and health systems and make them resilient to the rising tide of emerging infections and promote health equity. Previous years of Innovate4AMR student competitions organized by ReAct have demonstrated that students can be champions for antimicrobial resistance. This is why we called on students to take up the challenge and become the future innovators in Innovate4Health, a global design sprint to address emerging infectious diseases.

One of the winning teams from last year’s competition. Photo: ReAct North America.

After a competitive selection process that saw applications from more than 90 teams, 32 student teams have been selected to join the Innovate4Health design sprint. The cohort comprises 32 teams from 20 countries. The teams submitted projects that tackled emerging infectious diseases from several angles:

  • Innovation Pillar #1: Ensuring effective prevention and treatment of emerging infectious diseases in the hospital setting
  • Innovation Pillar #2: Making community health systems more resilient to emerging infections
  • Innovation Pillar #3: Preventing zoonotic disease transmission in food systems

Innovate4Health is a multi-week global student design sprint organized by ReAct – Action on Antibiotic Resistance, through its Strategic Policy Program, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) and the Innovation + Design Enabling Access (IDEA) Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

To help students recognize their potential as change agents, Innovate4Health participants will be trained through a special, non-credit course designed by the IDEA (Innovation+Design Enabling Access) Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The design sprint has been organized into three phases:

  1. Ideation
  2. Implementation
  3. Advocacy

“Now more than ever, we need students to become agents of change in tackling complex and intersectoral challenges responsible for emerging infectious diseases from the tsunami of COVID-19 to the rising tide of antimicrobial resistance.”

Professor Anthony D. So, Director ReAct Strategic Policy Program

Through each stage, students will refine their projects through international collaboration with student teams and apply tools and frameworks to consider systematically how their intervention can address the greatest challenges of emerging infectious diseases. Experts in infectious disease policy and advocacy will contribute to the curriculum through live sessions for feedback and discussions on designing transformative innovations for an equitable and healthier approach to these challenges.

Learn more about the finalist teams

Innovation Pillar 1:
Ensuring effective prevention and treatment of emerging infectious diseases in the hospital setting

1. BreathOfLife

Team Members: Parikshit Sen (Maulana Azad Medical College and associated Lok Nayak Hospital, University of Delhi–New Delhi, Delhi, India), Srishti Xalxo (University College of Medical Sciences and Associated Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, University of Delhi–India), Sarthak Gupta (Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus–Goa, India)

“BreathOfLife” is a team of passionate undergraduate Medical and Engineering students from Maulana Azad Medical College, University College of Medical Sciences, and the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, in India. Our proposed innovation solution is a “Non Rebreathing Isolation Helmet with an incorporated dry powder inhalation antibiotic delivery system”, for the effective respiratory isolation and improved treatment of patients suffering from Multi-drug Resistant Tuberculosis in the outpatient setting and general wards in hospitals in resource limited settings. Our proposed solution, under Innovation pillar 2, seeks to ensure effective prevention and treatment of emerging infectious diseases in the hospital setting.

2. CarbaTeam

Team Members: Jennifer Andrea Aldana (Universidad Mariana Gálvez  de Guatemala–Guatemala), Kenya Arcadia Hernández Santizo (Universidad Mariano Gálvez  de Guatemala–Guatemala), Jackeline Andrea Santiago Escobar (Universidad Mariano Gálvez  de Guatemala–Guatemala), Ana María de Jesus Solano (Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala–Guatemala)

The CarbaTeam group is made up of Guatemalan students from the San Carlos University of Guatemala and the Mariano Gálvez University of Guatemala, our proposal is focused on pillar 1 since it seeks to implement the “Blue Carba Test” in public laboratories that do not have complex infrastructure nor with molecular technology.

3. PhilML

Team Members: Arianna Racquel S. Abundo (Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health–Philippines), Viktoria Madelaine R. Beltran (Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health–Philippines)

PhilML is composed of two Philippine medical interns from the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health. We aim to ensure effective prevention and treatment of COVID-19 in the hospital setting, specifically by leveraging artificial intelligence for healthcare professionals. Our research proposal aims to determine whether automated detection of COVID-19 pneumonia in chest X-ray images can be used to optimize workflows for healthcare workers in the Philippines.

4. Infection Inhibition Innovators

Team Members: Erica Lin (UC Davis School of Medicine–Sacramento), Christina Lowry (UC Davis School of Medicine–USA), Annica Stull-Lane (UC Davis School of Medicine–Sacramento)

Our team comes from UC Davis School of Medicine, located in the Capitol of California in the United States. The proposed innovation solution falls under Innovation Pillar 1: Ensuring effective prevention and treatment of emerging infectious diseases in the hospital setting. We propose to develop sustainable and facility-specific antibiograms, with a focus on resource-limited settings, to improve antimicrobial stewardship, minimize development of resistance and mitigate antimicrobial treatment failure.

5. SunDust

Team Members: Xie Qihuang (NATIONAL UNIVERISITY OF SINGAPORE–Singapore), Sean Chen Zhi En (SINGAPORE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN–Singapore), Rustam Shariq Mujtaba (NATIONAL UNIVERISITY OF SINGAPORE–Singapore), Wong Zhi Cong (SINGAPORE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN–Singapore)

Our team consists of undergraduate students from National University of Singapore and Singapore University of Technology and Design in Singapore. Innovation Pillar 1: Ensuring effective prevention and treatment of emerging infectious diseases in the hospital setting. Taking on the perspective of patients and healthcare providers, we developed a holistic solution to minimise overcrowding in the hospital setting, enable swift triaging of patients and allow patients to have quick access to quality healthcare services. We planned to implement our solution in Singapore.

6. Team Apollo

Team Members: Muthoni Muritu (University of Nairobi–Nairobi, Kenya), Ryan Gitonga Wanjohi (University of Nairobi–Kenya), Sandra Boyani (University of Nairobi–Nairobi, Kenya)

Our team, Team Apollo, consists of 3 medical students from the University of Nairobi, Kenya who are keen on the multi-sectoral concept of Healthcare Delivery Systems at the hospital level. Our proposed solution aims at bridging gaps in the first innovation pillar through curbing the spread of infections within hospitals. We intend to develop a technology-based surveillance system that is geared towards promoting epidemiologically sound surveillance within our local hospital settings.

7. Team CareBots

Team Members: Azhar Adam Nadkar (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University–Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa), Jessica Rachel Davies (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University–South Africa), Mokshada Sharma (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine–London, England, United Kingdom), Tapesh Dutt Nagaria (Datta Meghe University, Jawaharlal Nehru University of Health Sciences–Wardha, Maharashtra, India)

Team CareBots from South Africa and India endeavour to alleviate the bio-psycho-social distress faced by COVID-19 patients and their families in South Africa through the facilitation of virtual visitation using state-of-the-art Double Robotics technology. Through the utilization of innovation pillar 1, the team hopes to provide holistic integrated patient-centred care in a pandemic setting whilst minimizing the risk of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

Innovation Pillar 2: Making community health systems more resilient to emerging infections

8. Antibioclicks

Team Members: Inria Astari Zahra (Faculty of Medicine, Diponegoro University–Semarang, Indonesia), Rizki Akbar Sentosa (Faculty of Medicine, Diponegoro University–Indonesia), Lia Farhatania (farhatanialia@gmail.com–Semarang, Indonesia)

Antibioclicks from Semarang Indonesia making innovation from innovation pillar 2. We are going to make mobile application that provide antibiotics algorithm and choice for infectious disease in Indonesia especially in Semarang based on local resistance pattern. This application would help general practitioners to choose the right antibiotics.

9. Avengers of AMR

Team Members: Duanie Moran (National Autonomous University of Honduras–Tegucigalpa, Honduras), Jorge Cortés (National Autonomous University of Honduras–Honduras), Gerardo Ponce (National Autonomous University of Honduras–Tegucigalpa, Honduras)

We are a group of medical students from Honduras and our medical institution is Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (National Autonomous University of Honduras). Our Innovation Pillar is the #2: Making community health systems more resilient to emerging infections. We hope that this innovative idea be part of the medical student curriculum, as well as any primary care physician localized in the rural and urban areas of Honduras. It seeks to provide antimicrobial stewardship up-to-date information in an interactive and challenging way.

10. Baltimore Network to Health

Team Members: Rani Duff (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health–Baltimore, MD, USA), Lauren Bisi (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health–USA), Grace Kwak (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health–Baltimore, MD, USA)

Johns Hopkins University – School of Public Health, USA, Pillar 2 – We intend on intervening in Baltimore and our goal is to bridge the gap of misinformation regarding COVID-19 regulations, recommendations, and resources in vulnerable communities in a way that makes the information more accessible, both physically and linguistically, through existing social networks (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) as well as through the Community Health Worker model.

11. BioreX

Team Members: Radolf Ansbert Nii Nortey Nortey (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology–Kumasi, Ghana), Cheryl Dzifa Appiah (University of Ghana–Ghana), Selinam Abla Shabashie (University of Ghana–Ghana)

BioreX comprises of pharmaceutical and computer science students from the two main universities in Ghana,West Africa.The team aims to make community health systems more resilient to emerging infections through the adoption of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) sometimes referred to as Quick Codes in Antibiotic Sales. This intervention affords the practitioner the insight to ascertain the need for an antibiotic and investigate the completion of recent and previous antibiotic treatment courses. The ideology is based on the fast growing pace of the mobile money technology in Ghana which adopts a similar approach.

12. CID

Team Members: Catherine Dominic (The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine–London), Grace Gysin (The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine–United Kingdom), Aahil Damani (The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine–London), Emily Bowler (The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine–London)

We are a group of students from the Control of Infectious Disease course at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, from both the UK and the USA. We believe that our innovative solution has the capacity to combat one of the key drivers of antimicrobial resistance – lack of patient compliance with completing antibiotic courses and are dedicated to improving population health as a group, and understand the potential for our solution to make a difference. Our innovative solution is a simple mobile application which integrates antibiotic prescribing by practitioner, with patient symptoms follow-up if the prescribed thinks a period of ‘watchful waiting’ will be useful (in order to prevent over-prescription) and/or daily patient reminders if they are on an antibiotic course through notifications (in order to aid compliance). We hope to use the consultation between the patient and healthcare provider (clinician, pharmacist or another HCP who is prescribing antibiotics) to promote and “prescribe” (encourage them to download) the application. We believe that introducing the application to the patient in this way will improve both its uptake but also patients’ compliance with application, particularly if they are already familiar with the practitioner

13. COV-AI-D

Team Members: Abhyudaya Mehta (Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College–Belagavi, Karnataka, INDIA), Arshdeep Singh (The University of Texas at Dallas–INDIA)

We are Team COV-AI-D: Abhyudaya Mehta (MBBS is equivalent to US MD) from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Karnataka, India and Arshdeep Singh (BS in Computer Science) from The University of Texas at Dallas, TX, USA. The goal is to design an AI model that can aid the diagnosis of COVID-19 based on initial chest CT scans and clinical history. It will be implemented as a rapid diagnostic tool to flag patients with suspected COVID-19 infection. Radiologists can review these suspected cases with a higher priority. The innovation pillar we chose was the second Innovation Pillar: Making community health systems more resilient to emerging infections.

14. DetectX

Team Members: Kirsten Stokes (Johns Hopkins University–Baltimore, MD), Opeoluwa Samuel Adewale-Fasoro (Johns Hopkins University–United States), Hanibale Atsbeha Zegeye (University of Bergen and Hawassa University–Bergen, Norway and Hawassa, Ethiopia), Debasis Gountia (IIT Roorkee–India)

DetectX is a diverse team of four individuals from IIT Rourkee, India, the University of Bergen and Hawassa University, Ethiopia, and two from Johns Hopkins University in the USA. Our proposed solution falls into Innovation Pillar 2 which is: Making community health systems more resilient to emerging infections. The proposed solution is a multifunctional community-based surveillance platform driven by local women of the community. It will enable early detection of emerging infectious diseases, discovery of novel pathogens, prediction of disease outbreaks and identification of the most pressing health related needs (e.g. nutrition, drugs) within communities to target interventions and improve resource allocation across LMICs. Our solution leverages existing early warning systems to assist governments and international organizations to detect and respond to emerging health concerns by empowering women and engaging local community members.

15. IPCOS

Team Members: Denis Birundu Obino (School of Medicine, University of Nairobi–Nairobi, Kenya), Nesha Mutiara (Faculty of Pharmacy, Pancasila University–Indonesia)

Denis Birundu Obino is a medical student from the Nairobi University, Kenya and Nesha Mutiara is an undergraduate pharmacy student from Pancasila University, Indonesia. We chose the second innovation pillar as we propose integration of interprofessional collaboration between healthcare students and professionals, revitalization of community health facilities, and short message service reminders to run medical checkups and vaccination programs. Our innovation hopefully could be implemented in low- and middle- income countries in order to reduce the risk of preventable infectious disease outbreak.

16. Kondor

Team Members: Mauricio Gonzales (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia– Peru), Jose del Castillo (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia–Peru), Niels Pachecho (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia– Peru), Alvaro Delgado (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia– Peru)

We are Peruvian medical students from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. We will address Innovation Pillar 2 by building a web-based app platform, that seeks to close the communication gap between primary healthcare providers and patients, using principles such as UX, design thinking, and data visualization. This in return will improve adequate decision-making and help prevent further disease spread in low-income communities.

17. MboaLab

Team Members: SHALO MUJAR MINETTE (University of Buea–Cameroon), NOUKAM OUM LOIC GHISLAIN (Catholic University of Central Africa (School of Health Sciences)–Cameroon), NOUTCHEWE KWETHA Jessy Tania (Catholic University of Central Africa (School of Health Sciences)–Cameroon), DIAPA NANA Yanick (Mboalab–Cameroon)

We are a team from the MboaLab biotech; an open, collaborative and community biology lab located in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Our project aims at developing a low-cost DNA-based diagnostic tool (less than $1 per reaction) for typhoid fever, capable of detecting antimicrobial resistance and scaling up this technology to build capacity in Cameroon for the use of progressive research and diagnostic platform technology. Our project seeks to introduce novel techniques in low resource settings, create local supply and production systems that can promote the development of novel low-cost diagnostics and ultimately generate data on the prevalence of typhoid and antimicrobial resistance genes in specific regions.

18. Medbridge the Gap

Team Members: Varshini Odayar (Harvard College–Cambridge, Massachusetts), Bhuvna Murthy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology–USA)

We are Bhuvna and Varshini, undergraduate students at MIT and Harvard respectively. The aim of our project is to develop a freely accessible digital platform known as the “Medical Translation Tool,” where medical providers can input lay medical terms in ten languages and the output will include a thorough description of terms, symptoms, and experiences in English. Our project aims to address Pillar 2 by capturing the nuances of medical terminology, incorporating linguistic diversity, providing relevant diagnoses and related terms. We will identify differences between lay and medical language, by speaking with laypersons as a form of quality control, ensuring that input of those directly affected is represented in the tool, and through this tool, we hope to bridge linguistic disconnects, improve communication between patients and providers and among doctors, making healthcare systems more resilient and equipped at tackling emerging infectious diseases.

19. PathogenX

Team Members: Richard Adeleke (University of Ibadan–Nigeria), Adewale-Fasoro Opeoluwa Samuel (Johns Hopkins University–United States of America), Testimony Jesupamilerin Olumade (Redeemer’s University–Nigeria), Chiamaka Bianca Offorbuike (University of Ibadan–Nigeria)

Our team comprises of students from Nigerian universities (Redeemer’s University and University of Ibadan) and John Hopkins University with the desire to develop innovative solutions that make community health systems more resilient to emerging infections. We aim to achieve this through the creation of an early disease reporting system in partnership with public health officials to detect outbreaks before they occur. This information will be made available to the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) to initiate the rapid deployment of diagnostic tools. Our solution also has the potential to detect novel pathogens before they cause outbreaks.

20. Project TBye

Team Members: Terence M. Lapenas (University of Santo Tomas – Faculty of Medicine and Surgery–Manila City, Philippines), Pamela Bianca M. Pasco (University of the Philippines College of Medicine–Philippines), Rena S. Mallillin (Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health–Pasig City, Philippines), Michelle Angelica D. Choa (University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Inc.–Quezon City, Philippines)

Formed through the Asian Medical Students’ Association – Philippines, we are a team of medical students from different schools in Manila, Philippines. We aim to make health systems more resilient to emerging infections by studying the problem from the grassroots and engaging the communities with a more systematic approach to accountability with an ever-growing number of actors that contribute to the end-TB strategy. Our team’s proposed innovation is Project TBye, a multipurpose mobile application designed for healthcare workers that seek to provide surveillance, contract-tracing, networking, and health communication. We intend to strengthen efforts against TB through an integrative and holistic approach to the devolutionized healthcare system of the country.

21. SAMANWAYA

Team Members: Pragyan Basnet (Patan Academy of Health Sciences- School of Medicine–Lalitpur, Nepal), Anjali Joshi (Kathmandu Medical College and Teaching Hospital–Nepal)

Team SAMANWAYA is a team of two medical students from Nepal studying at Patan Academy of Health Sciences and Kathmandu Medical College and Teaching Hospital. Their innovation targets Innovation Pillar 2: Making community health systems more resilient to emerging infections and fight antimicrobial resistance in Nepal. Their innovation is application of already used technique of screening for bacterial infection using Rapid Diagnostic Tests to detect C-reactive Protein in remote healthcare centers of Nepal to reduce expensive investigations and self-prescription of antimicrobials.

22. SEPSIS

Team Members: Seungseo Choi (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia–Lima, Peru), Carolina Soledad Coombes Perez (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia–Peru/Peruvian), Maria Claudia Mauricio Levano (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia–Lima, Peru), Maria Teresa Peña Gallardo (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia–Lima, Peru)

We are Sepsis, a group of medical students from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Perú. We seek to tackle Innovation Pillar 2: Making community health systems more resilient to emerging infections. Our goal is to create a card game to the general public that explains key concepts on antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention. Through SEPSIS, we plan to teach the relationship between bacteria and antibiotics, the dangers of antibiotics misuse or overuse, the importance of preventive measures and most importantly, to introduce the concept of antimicrobial resistance.

23. Team TB or not TB

Team Members: Mokshada Sharma (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine–London, United Kingdom), Azhar Nadkar (Stellenbosch University–South Africa), Michel Stockler (University of Campinas–Campinas, Sao Paolo, Brazil), Utku Timurcin (Gazi University–Ankara, Turkey)

Team TB or not TB that comes from high tuberculosis burden countries – India, Brazil, South Africa and Turkey, aims to tackle drug-resistant TB amongst vulnerable populations in India in the wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Targetting innovation pillar 2, the team focusses on treatment access and adherence during a lockdown setting in active TB patients using existing limited technological resources.

24. Team ABHINAWAN

Team Members: Gehendra Mukhiya (Kathmandu Medical College–Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Nepal), Merina Pandey (Kathmandu Medical College–Nepal), Selika Shakya (Kathmandu Medical College–Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Nepal), Shova Sapkota (Kathmandu Medical College–Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Nepal)

We are team ABHINAWAN from Nepal comprising of four third year medical students from Kathmandu Medical College .Our proposed innovative solution is to develop a new mobile application “SAMAYAMAI” to conduct surveillance of antibiotic consumption and improve its compliance among general Nepalese population. Our innovation comes under pillar 2 “Making community health system more resilient to emerging health infections.”

25. Team Gryffindor

Team Members: Webster Onuorah (Nnamdi Azikiwe University–Nnewi, Anambra State), Ngozi Mowah (Nnamdi Azikiwe University–Nigeria), Eziokwu Fab-Emerenini (Nnamdi Azikiwe University–Nnewi, Anambra), Chijioke Mbonu (Nnamdi Azikiwe University–Nnewi, Anambra State)

Our team consists of four clinical medical students from Nnamdi Azikiwe University College of Medicine in Nigeria. We focused on creating solutions as to making community health systems more resilient to emerging infections [Innovation Pillar 2]. We plan to institute a registered independent non-profit organization, Nigerian Climate and Health Alliance (NCHA) in my country. NCHA will reach out to local hunters, butchers, market sellers and others that handle meat and other animal products. We will do this through the aid of already existing local agricultural unions and local traditional rulers. NCHA [Nigerian Climate and Health Alliance] will educate these stakeholders on safe and clean ways to handle raw meat and proper ways to cook meat to reduce disease transmission. NCHA will equally embark on rural outreaches in local communities, with the assistance of volunteering medical students, environmental health students and medical doctors; to advocate on why individuals need to pay attention to climate change action and environmental sanitation. Our organization hopes on applying our innovative solution to health systems gaps, training health care workers on prudent antimicrobial stewardship during management of emerging infectious diseases.

26. Team imYOUnize

Team Members: Khushman Kaur Bhullar (Sri Guru Ramdas Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Amritsar, Punjab, India–Amritsar, Punjab), Saachi Datta (University of Pennsylvania–USA), Ana Beatriz Rabêlo Evangelista (University of São Paulo – Medical School–Sao Paulo, SP)

imYOUnize is a team hailing from three different countries (Brazil, India, and the United States) and three different institutions (University of São Paulo – Medical School, Sri Guru Ramdas University of Health Sciences Amritsar, and University of Pennsylvania). Our solution is a mobile application that integrates scheduling, transportation, notification reminders & education resources to connect low-income families with clinics to receive required vaccinations, and it seeks to address the Innovation Pillar 2: making community health systems more resilient to emerging infections. We hope to create a sustainable and dynamic application that can be used to not only keep immunizations on track during a pandemic, but also aid in introducing new vaccines efficiently.

27. UAEM PPE Trackers

Team Members: Farah Alem (McGill University–Montreal, QC, Canada), Yeji Lori Song (McGill University–Republic of Korea), Dominique Rinfret (McGill University–Montreal, QC, Canada), Julia Handfield (McGill University–Montreal, QC, Canada)

We are a team of UAEM members at McGill University in Canada, dedicated to creating a comprehensive, multitiered database based on open-source accessibility to PPE availability. Our proposal addresses Innovation Pillar 2 which aims to strengthen community health systems in the fight against emerging infections. This establishes an innovative approach to addressing the lack of public information on PPE availability. We hope to provide vital information to help guide PPE distribution across communities and populations.

28. Zoonotrace

Team Members: Sean Sum (Royal Veterinary College–Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom), Rebecca Sim (Royal Veterinary College–Singapore)

We are both Singaporean students who are pursuing veterinary studies at the Royal Veterinary College. As budding veterinarians, we are particularly concerned with the rise of novel zoonotic diseases. We believe that it is crucial to strengthen our surveillance efforts and capacity to mitigate the ramifications of SARS-CoV-2 but also Disease X in the future. In this design sprint, we want to focus on disease prevention by implementing a centralised digital surveillance mobile application that integrates both animal and human health and epidemiological data.

29. 4Sight

Team Members: Keagan Miranda (MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai–Navi Mumbai, India), Anusha Prabhu (MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai–India), Ananya Bhasin (MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai–Navi Mumbai, India), Prateek Kapur (Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai–Mumbai, India)

Our team consists of Medical Students scattered all over Maharashtra, a State in the country of India. The Innovation pillar we’re focusing on is making community health systems more resilient to emerging infections. We aim to usher in a more holistic approach to medicine in India, providing a facility that is both affordable and accessible, targeting a problem that seriously threatens modern medicine today–antimicrobial Resistance.

Innovation Pillar 3: Zoonotic disease transmission in food systems

30. Chickolutions

Team Members: Aiman Afsar (Maulana Azad Medical College–New Delhi), Kunal Kalani (Maulana Azad Medical College–India), Manvi Lamba (Maulana Azad Medical College–New Delhi), Safal Boob (Hindu Hruday Samrat Balasaheb Thackarey Medical College–Mumbai)

We are a team of 4 MBBS students from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi and HBTMC, Mumbai from India.

Our team aims to reduce transmission of zoonotic infection through food systems whereby we aim to improve the poultry industry. We have designed a sustainable poultry farm model , that aims to utilize energy efficiently, with a free range housing system with vegetative buffers, vermicompost. We also have a plan for better water, temperature, feed, litter management with better vaccination and awareness campaigns regarding antimicrobial resistance.

31. Qhatuzumab

Team Members: Ivonne Salinas (Universidad San Francisco de Quito–Quito, Ecuador), Erick Freire (Universidad San Francisco de Quito–Ecuador), Maite Vargas (Universidad San Francisco de Quito–Quito, Ecuador), Jane Guevara (Universidad San Francisco de Quito–Quito, Ecuador)

We are Jane, Ivonne, Maite and Erick, four medical students from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. Our proposal is an educational-based project that aims to counteract zoonotic diseases acquired through the commercialization and consumption of animal derived products that lack the proper sanitary measures in informal businesses in Quito. This idea is focused on reducing zoonotic disease transmission in food systems.

32. Vets Against AMR

Team Members: Serinmary P R (College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pookode–Pookode, Kerala, India), Ajay Gopinath (College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pookode–India)

Vets Against AMR, is a team of two veterinary students, Serinmary P R and Ajay Gopinath ,from Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University – Pookode, India. The team has decided to work on Innovation pillar three, Zoonotic disease transmission in food system, focusing on reducing the antimicrobial residue in milk. The project titled Antimicrobial Free Milk Project is expected to monitor and control the antimicrobial use in livestock and thus reduce the presence of antimicrobial residue in the milk used for human consumption.

 

 

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