National Hepatitis C Hackathon suggests innovative solutions to curb the disease

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Staff Reporter

The National Hepatitis C Hackathon, organized by Teamup, Sensus Dx and Ferozsons Laboratories Limited at the National Incubation Center in Islamabad.

The 2-day online event was held, in partnership with the Corporate Coalition for Viral Hepatitis Elimination and sponsored by CCHEP member companies Abbott, PepsiCo, Nestle, and Ferozsons, to find innovative solutions to curb the spread of viral hepatitis in Pakistan.

The Chief Guest for the event-Dr. Faisal Sultan-SAPM for Health, sharing his views on the occasion said: The challenge of the Viral Hepatitis epidemic is one that the Government is committed to meeting through the Prime Minister’s Program for Viral Hepatitis, which we are launching through our own resources despite the burden placed by of the Covid pandemic.

The platinum partners of the event were Abbott Pakistan and Ferozsons Laboratories Limited, while PepsiCo joined hands as gold partner and Nestle contributed as silver partner.

Cash prizes were awarded to the top three participants who were as follows: 1st Prize (PKR 500,000)- Slosh AI: A Super App, building an AI-based ecosystem for creating health solutions 2nd Prize (PKR 300,000)- Nano-detectors: Using nano-particles based detection methods for effective diagnosis and monitoring of a viral infection 3rd Prize (PKR 200,000)- Screen Pakistan: Developing a low-cost paper- based strip test for early Hep C detection.

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