Decoding Health is a novel approach that promotes the use of big data to create solutions that empower start-ups to serve patients battling Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), as indicated in Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being.
This tech challenge is co-organized by UNESCO, ITU, UNTIL, UNDP and in collaboration with Health2.O, Falak Startups, and Etisalat to leverage big data towards non-infectious medical conditions.
Following an intensive boot-camp and dedicated mentoring over the course of 6 weeks, each team will pitch their solutions to some of the biggest stakeholders in Egyptian healthcare and the opportunity to compete for the final prize awards sponsored by Novartis develop the tech-solutions that decode NCDs.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, NDCs, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung disease, are collectively responsible for almost 70% of all deaths worldwide. Furthermore, in Egypt, NCDs are currently the leading national cause of death and are estimated to account for 82% of all deaths and 67% of premature deaths.
"The advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including those brought on by a combination of computing power, robotics, big data and artificial intelligence, are generating revolutions in health care, transport and manufacturing.
I am convinced that these new capacities can help us to lift millions of people out of poverty, achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and enable developing countries to leap‑frog into a better future."
23 March 2018, New York