The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in collaboration with Makerere University, School of Public Health – ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) & the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) successfully held the Humanitarian Innovation Event in East Africa on Friday 19 June, at Makerere University Main Hall.

The event brought together over 150 humanitarian stakeholders, experts, scholars, researchers and innovators to discuss how innovations can improve the delivery of humanitarian services to people affected by armed conflict in relation to;

  1. A​ccess to health care for victims of armed conflict, ​(M-Health Innovations)
  2. A​ccess to safe water for victims of armed conflict,​ (Safe and Clean Water)​
  3. ​P​revention of Sexual Violence for victims of armed conflict / care for the victims,
  4. Re-establishment of family links for victims of armed conflict.

It was crowned by a well-attended Innovation Exhibition to showcase carefully selected innovative products and processes in the making with a high potential to address humanitarian issues in relation to access to Safe Water, Health and Re-establishment of Family Links but also most importantly enable participants to connect with the innovators.

Some of the quotes shared by Prof. William Bazeyo, Dean Makerere University School of Public Health and RAN Chief of Party/Lab Director.

“Our future is in the hands of innovators because innovation is the way to go, it is the path to development”.

 “We the Africans are the best developers and source of solutions to African communities’ most pressing challenges because we know better and live with these challenges”.

 “We are all innovators and anything can be prototyped although not all can be scaled. You will be surprised at the great potential in these innovators. Let us all join hands to support innovation not only in Uganda but Africa and the world at large. We can do what we can and leave the rest to our predecessors”.

 The Humanitarian Innovation Event concept note and panellists short bios can be accessed here

At the Innovation Exhbition during the Humanitarian Innovation Event in East Africa Innovator mentorship during the Innovation Exhibition at the Humanitarian Innovation Event

Panel Discussion moderated by Jackie Lumbasi Question and Answer session 2