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- See What Teams Created -

Over the course of three days, eight teams developed solutions to pressing infectious disease challenges rooted in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene conditions. Here is a full list of the solutions teams developed while at the 2018 ICID Hackathon. Click here to visit our GitHub page and explore the tools used to create these innovative projects.  

 

- Mosquito Hunters – The Elsevier Foundation $1,500 USD Award -

 Standing water bodies offer the perfect breeding site for mosquitos and other disease-spreading vectors. Accurate identification, mapping, and reduction of these sites can assist disease control programs and reduce the number of transmission events. To help communities identify potential breeding sites and empower them to take action, Mosquito Hunters proposes a mobile application that can be used by school-aged children in Argentina to photograph mosquito breeding sites, provide actionable items to prevent the collection of water, and relay information to local health authorities. The program also includes educational materials that coincide with Argentina’s “mosquito week” – designed to teach students about vectors and their contribution to disease spread.

 

- Data Plungers – ProMED $250 USD Award -

ProMED-mail is an innovative infectious disease surveillance network that collects information regarding emerging and re-emerging disease outbreaks. The Data Plunger team sought to improve the usability of the freely accessible information captured by the network. With a new search and filter function, ProMED’s data can be used by risk assessment groups and travel websites to advise individuals on the current state of infectious disease outbreaks and recommended safety precautions. Users can specify diseases of interest or geographic regions and receive information pertinent to those criteria. Different levels of data filtration and search functionality can be offered on a fee-for-service basis to private organizations. This new revenue stream can then be reinvested in the platform to further enhance its detection capabilities and offer new features to users.

 

- Flood Logistics – Aeroterra ArcGIS Personal Use License -

Accurately deploying resources and other humanitarian supplies during natural diseases can reduce morbidity and mortality associated with these events. Flood Logistics proposes a Geographic Information System (GIS) dashboard that can be used by municipalities to understand the population(s) at risk during flood events, identify the afflicted area(s), and estimate the need for medical supplies. Forecasted weather conditions and historical records can be incorporated to provide context to previous response efforts and challenges. Information collected by the platform can be displayed visually and distributed electronically to civil defense and health ministries while printed copies can be used by teams on the ground with limited access to mobile technologies. A prototype is scheduled to be completed within two months’ time followed by a four-month testing phase.

 

- Water4All – ProMED $250 USD Award & Aeroterra ArcGIS Personal Use License -

Data concerning access to improved water sources is often incomplete and does not accurately capture the true nature of the problem. To combat this challenge, Water4All seeks to make the invisible, visible. The team proposes a water quality testing program focused on Argentina. Students in local schools will be asked to collect samples of drinking water from their home and bring them to school where a teacher will help them analyze the quality of water. Using currently available, low-cost testing devices, the water will be assessed to characterize its pH, temperature, turbidity, fecal coliform levels, and conductivity. Information collected by these tests will then be relayed to government health offices where it can be mapped. Public health interventions and other safe water drinking programs can use the improved data to better deploy resources and educational initiatives.

 

- Hands Off -

Proper hand hygiene in the healthcare setting is a proven method to reduce nosocomial infections and reduce antimicrobial resistance spread. However, many health professionals do not follow hand hygiene protocols. To improve compliance behaviors and identify barriers to successful implementation, Hands Off proposes the “PROUD Kit – Preventing Outbreaks Drill Kit.” Using a system of radio beacons, healthcare professionals can identify missed opportunities for proper hand hygiene techniques. The information would be recorded in a mobile application and allow healthcare professionals to compete against each other for the best hygiene score. The target audience for the pilot program would be medical students to establish proper hand hygiene behaviors early on in their careers.

 

- TracWash -

Blindness caused by Trachoma infections is a major concern, despite the introduction of prevention and treatment protocols. Face washing is an effective way to remove bacteria and prevent the development of clinical disease. Measuring the effectiveness of face washing can help at-risk populations determine if their techniques are appropriate. TracWash proposes a mobile application that utilizes photographs to monitor and evaluate facial hygiene techniques. Users can take a picture of their face, which the application will then analyze and provide a cleanliness score. The application can also provide recommendations on how to improve face washing techniques and other information to prevent Trachoma. The team hopes to include other WASH related conditions following the successful pilot with Trachoma.

 

- W.O.W. – Water On The Way -

Access to safe drinking water is often overlooked when assisting displaced persons and other populations on the move. There is little information available concerning the locations of clean water resources along routes of travel. Water On The Way proposes a mobile application that allows those in transit to relay information about improved drinking water sources to others following a similar route. The collected information can be printed on maps that are distributed to transport hubs, reducing reliance on mobile technologies. Locations of water sources can be updated by either marking spots on the map or in the mobile application, allowing new maps to be communicated to populations in transit.  

 

- H.A.C.K. -

The lack of clean water in low-resource healthcare settings contributes to poor health outcomes and facilitates the spread of infections. Despite the introduction of hand sanitizer gels, there are numerous difficulties ensuring a consistent supply of the products.  The “Hands Clean Kit” uses UV cleaning techniques to sterilize the hands of healthcare professionals before performing operations or other interventions. Using a mobile phone connected to a freestanding charging device, a user can place their hands under the UV light for 4-seconds to effectively kill disease-causing organisms. This portable technology can also be used to help purify water and allow professionals to check the cleanliness of their hands or workspaces.