Doctors Without Borders in Seattle: Closing the Digital Divide in Global Health

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Panel Discussion with Doctors Without Borders and Seattle-Based Digital Innovators Title: "Remote Access: Closing the Digital Divide in Global Health" When: Thursday, November 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Where: Seattle Center, Nesholm Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall, 305 Harrison St., Seattle

It is difficult to apply the latest digital tools to humanitarian and global health challenges due to problems such as remote locations, unreliable electricity and underdeveloped communications infrastructure. However, innovative mobile applications, platforms and databases are making it possible to improve emergency responses and medical care in many countries, from Haiti to Rwanda. Moderated by Ross Reynolds, host of "The Conversation" on Seattle public radio station KUOW, four information technology experts will discuss what it takes to adapt digital tools to meet the humanitarian and medical needs of the world’s most vulnerable people. The panelists will be:

  • Megan McGuire, health informatics coordinator for Doctors Without Borders
  • Darius Jazayeri, Seattle-based software developer for Partners in Health
  • Yaw Anokwa, Seattle-based founder of Nafundi and co-creator of Open Data Kit
  • Bill Lober, joint associate professor at the University of Washington and Director of Informatics at International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH)

This event is free, fully accessible and open to the public. Media interested in attending or broadcasting this event, please contact Tim Shenk with Doctors Without Borders at 646-206-9387.

Tim Shenk
Press Officer
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
333 Seventh Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001
Cell: +1 646.206.9387

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