The Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Bulletin
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A real Garage Experience in an Innovation Lab: The second Innovation Garage at RAN 
During the Innovation Garage held July 31 2015, the team hosted RootIO – Community Radio and brainstormed around designing a low cost Radio Tower for the RootIO team bringing down the cost from $3000 to approximately $500 and increasing the length of the tower from 12 to 25 centimeters. The entrance to the Upper Lab Innovation Space was labelled “The Garage is in Progress, watch your steps!” Read the full story here.
RAN hosts 2nd GIS Hackathon in collaboration with AidData-HESN Lab
On Thursday 30th July 2015, Makerere University School of Public HealthResilientAfrica Network (RAN) in collaboration with AidData Center for Development Policy (AidData – USA); Partner Development Lab under the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) hosted the Second Annual Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Hackathon at the Makerere University Innovation Lab. The hackers were engaged from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm EAT. Read the full story here.
EA RILab Engages the Innovation Advisory Board Members
“Each one of us comes in with a value add to the Innovation Pipeline for the benefit of the vulnerable communities” Prof. William Bazeyo, Dean Makerere University School of Public Health and RAN Chief of Party/Lab Director.
On 22nd July 2015, the Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RILab) inducted the Innovation Advisory Board Members. Members constitute dignitaries from Government, the Academia and Private Sector who will play a key role in steering the RI Lab’s activities with a focus to push forth Innovation for the benefit of the vulnerable. Read the full story here.
HESN Labs Working together for Community Driven Innovation
During the afternoon of Tuesday July 21, 2015, the Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Team hosted Kofi Taha, Associate Director and International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) Innovation Center Coordinator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)-IDIN. He highlighted the importance of involving the community right from innovation project inception and walk the talk with the community for not only sustainability purposes but also ability to gather community knowledge to the same. Read the full story here.
Ms Ann Mei Chang, ED U.S. Global Development Lab visits RAN
Ms. Ann Mei Chang the Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab at United States Agency for International Development (USAID) visited the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) during the mid-morning of Friday July 17, 2015. Ms. Leslie Reed, US Mission Director and Ms. Erin Wroblewski, USAID/Uganda Program Officer accompanied Mei to RAN. Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Makerere University Deputy Vice Chancellor in-Charge of Finance and Administration and RAN Patron joined Prof. William Bazeyo, Dean Makerere University School of Public Health and RAN Chief of Party/Lab Director, RAN multidisciplinary Innovator teams and the RAN Team to interact, appreciate and discuss innovation in relation to strengthening resilience. Read the full story here.
Ms. Ann Mei Chang's visits RAN (video)
Discussing the first annual State of African Resilience Report in Nairobi, Kenya
During the engaging discussion of the first annual “State of African Resilience” Report that brought together over 100 participants from all over the world, H.E. Ambassador (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) commended the work being done by Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He noted; “I love the ResilientAfrica Network, in this report, they have provided data in 16 African communities, around various pressing issues that can help inform policy makers, donors, and implementers”. Read the full story here.
Other stories to look at:
  • On 21st July 2015, young people from around the world, along with innovators, developers, partners and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) experts gathered for a three-day hackathon. The Hack For Youth was a collaborative event where participants developed mobile app solutions to promote young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Read the full story here.
  • MIT- CITE Team engaged Makerere University - COBAMS Students through RAN in Evaluating Post-harvest Storage Technologies in a Supply chain contract elicitation Exercise.
The editiorial team
Harriet Adong

Communications Manager
Email: hadong [at] ranlab [dot] org
Skype: harriet4adong
Deborah Naatujuna Nkwanga

Engagement Manager
Email: ndeborah [at] ranlab [dot] org
Skype: n.deborah
Migisha Boyd

Multimedia Developer
Email: bmigisha [at] ranlab [dot] org
Skype: novidaboyd
  1. JASH Conference 2015 is coming soon. Details here.
  2. The One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA), will hold its 2nd International One Health Conference at Speke Resort Munyonyo 16-20 November, 2015 under the theme “Strategic Approach to Global Health Security through One Health Innovation: Vision 2035.” Details here.
  3. The online application for the course “Global Health and Sustainable Development Post 2015 – A New Approach to Natural Resources Management” is now available. See details here.
  4. CURAD 2015 Agri business Innovations challenge is now accepting applications till August 31, 2015. Apply here.
  5. Ebola Response, Recovery and Resilience by USAID Global Development Alliance APS Addendum. Deadline: November 18, 2015. Details here.
  6. Feed the Future Ebola Recovery Partnership by USAID Global Development Alliance APS Addendum. Deadline: December 22, 2015. Details here.
  7. DIV looks for compelling new solutions in a year-round competition, rigorously tests them, and helps scale those that are proven successful to reach millions of beneficiaries around the world. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Details here.
  8. DIV: LIVE is a live pitch competition that seeks innovations that aim to solve the world's most intractable development challenges through demonstrated impact and cost-effectiveness. Details here.
  9. The Higher Education Partnerships for Innovation and Impact (HEPII) is a new mechanism developed by the U.S. Agency for International Development to strengthen human and institutional capacity within higher education institutions in USAID partner countries and to achieve USAID development impact through their rigorous research capabilities. Details here.
  10. The Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE is a global competition challenging teams of engineers, developers and innovators to create mobile applications for existing smart devices that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills among participating adult learners in just 12 months. Details here.
  11. Do not miss the regular Innovation Garage sessions at RAN.
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