Build for COVID-19 hackathon
We joined over +18,000 innovators for the #BuildforCOVID19 global online hackathon organised by the World Health Organization (WHO) and tech giants such as Facebook and Microsoft.
We’re grateful that reach52’s COVID-19 solutions were amongst the top projects highlighted by the panel (based on their viability and scalability), supporting our work to scale these solutions rapidly for communities with urgent COVID-19 needs.
You can also read more about our COVID-19 response for low- and middle-income countries here.
Despite the pandemic, reach52 experienced our most impactful year to-date in 2021. Read our impact report for more on our tech developments, growing global presence and campaign spotlights.
Co-authored by reach52’s John Paluyo, reach52 alumni Rich Bryson and Medtronic Labs’ Anne Stake.
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) continue to be the leading cause of death globally, with four out of five people with an NCD living in LMICs. However, there is limited availability of affordable diagnostics for NCDs at the primary care level in many rural populations, making it one of the weakest links in the cascade of care. New innovations are needed to reach these populations with the accessible diagnostics services they need.