A huge congratulations to Muzzammil Ismail (pictured left), Registrar in the Public Health Medicine Divisionwho was one of 20 students across the world who were named as winners in the Reimagine Challenge. The Reimagine Challenge is a global initiative for university students to share lessons from the pandemic that can be applied outside of the pandemic. He submitted the VECTOR project as a model of telehealthcare delivery. VECTOR (which stands for Virtual Emergency Care Tactical Operation) is a data-driven project for virtual management and observation of patients. The project proposes to scale a successful model from South Africa that assists with the management of elderly diabetic patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. It consolidated patient level data using automated algorhythms to reach high risk patients during COVID-19 to improve patient outcomes with relatively small teams. You can read and hear more about it at the Reimagine Challenge website.
As Muzzammil puts it, the award “opens a platform to share our learnings from the project with a global audience. The sky’s the limit!” And as the VC noted, in a congratulatory letter to Muzzammil this weekend, “This is a phenomenal accomplishment for UCT and a singular accolade on your behalf. This is testament to your creativity, hard work, dedication and diligence. You have not only brought pride to the university, but you’ve also demonstrated once again the extraordinary depth of talent that our university is blessed to have. I am proud of what you have accomplished and the prestige that you have brought to the university.”
Congratulations to Muzzammil and the team in the Health Impact Assessment Directorate who supported him all the way.
School of Public Health and Family Medicine
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town