Episode 15: Dynamic Solutions for Healthcare in the Global South


This week we are joined by Dr. Rainer Tan to speak about Dynamic Solutions for Healthcare in the Global South.

Rainer is Swiss, Malaysian and Canadian. He grew up in Canada and finished med school at the university of Lausanne, Switzerland in 2014. He was the Field Coordinator in Tanzania for the NGO Canada Africa Community Health Alliance, and is now in residency training for a specialisation in Tropical Medicine, while completing a Clinical Research Fellowship for a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH). Rainer’s research consists of developing and evaluating clinical decision algorithms for the management of sick children in peripheral (mostly rural) health facilities in Tanzania with the DYNAMIC project. He will be moving to Tanzania in January 2020 for 2-3 years to work on this project.

The DYNAMIC project is lead by the Global and Digital Health Unit at Unisanté in Lausanne, Switzerland, in collaboration with the SwissTPH, EPFL, and the Ifakara Health Institute, and the National Institute for Medical Research in Tanzania.

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Discover more about the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) in Tanzania, a leading research organization in Africa, with strong track records in developing, testing and validating innovations for health.

Discover the Tanzanian National Institute for Medical Research, the largest public health research institution in Tanzania. They conduct, coordinate, regulate and promote scientifically and ethically sound, high quality health research and deliver evidence-based information that is responsive to the needs of human well-being.

Read about the management of childhood infections in resource-limited countries in the paper A novel electronic algorithm using host biomarker point-of-care tests for the management of febrile illnesses in Tanzanian children (e-POCT): A randomized, controlled non-inferiority trial in the PLOS Medicine Journal

Watch Valérie D’Acremont from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute speak about introducing electronic clinical decision algorithms in Tanzania in the TED Talk I am not only a diagnostic machine.

Learn more about the overprescription of antibiotics for viral infections and the introduction of Interactive Electronic Decision Support Tools on the Management of Fevers website by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

Read the Implementation of ALMANACH in the ICRC, an eCDA by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

Learn more about the successes and challenges of developing eCDAs in the paper Electronic clinical decision algorithms for the integrated primary care management of febrile children in low-resource settings: review of existing tools published in the Clinical Microbiology and Infection Journal by Kristina Keitel and Valérie D’Acremont from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute:

Learn more about IeDA and their mHealth strategy to improve primary health care through technology, on their website.

Learn more about IeDA and their work in Burkina Faso in the report IeDA - A digital solution to save children's lives by Terre des Hommes.

Discover MEDSINC‘s next-generation clinical intelligence algorithms, which offer an integrated approach to assessing patients.

Learn about the approach used by D-Tree International to design and develop technologies and systems to empower clinicians on the ground.

Read the Final Project Report by SupportLIFE.

Learn more about AI for Social Good at Google, including research publications, open-source tools, learning platforms and more.

Google awards $1.3 m grant to the Doctors Without Borders/MSF Foundation. Read more in the Psychology Today article How AI and Smartphones May Help Fight Antibiotic Resistance.