Perspective - April 12, 2019

A Dive into The World of Data at Ona

by Husna It’s been an engaging and enlightening week. I came into the Ona offices certain that the internship would demand from me nothing short of diligence and strong work ethics. But I did not expect that to be the case from my first day. I expected a day of orientation, but that lasted for

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Perspective - April 07, 2019

My Journey in Functional Programming at Ona

by Racheal Day one If someone told me last year I would be doing a different programming language in 2019, I would have shrugged it off. I had no prior experience with Functional Programming before I joined Ona. Yes! You heard me right, this was a completely new concept to me coming from an Object

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Press - April 02, 2019

Ona featured on the Code Louder Podcast

Just posted yesterday, checkout our podcast interview with Code Louder. In this episode, we talk with Dickson Ukang’a, co-founder and head of engineering at Ona, at their office in Nairobi. Ona is building a platform for smart data collection and analysis to enable governments and development organizations to make data-driven decisions. We discuss working with geographic

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Tech - March 21, 2019

Riveting Introduction to Flake8

Recently, I was learning about tools that make me a better Python developer. Having previously had the mindset that having a strong enough skill-set would reduce your chances of having linting issues within your code, I was in shock to realize that other factors were in play too. At the time, I had just heard

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Press - January 11, 2019

Ona is attending the 2019 FHIR Connectathon

This weekend we will be at the 2019 FHIR Connectathon in San Antonio. If you’re in town, get in touch and let’s meet up! We have always recognized the importance of standards and have been involved in foundational standards building work with XLSForm, RapidSMS, and OpenSRP. In our collaboration with the World Health Organization and

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Tech - December 17, 2018

Why we are moving away from Om (and how we decided on our new front-end tech stack)

We recently evaluated the future of our front-end stack. The changes we decided on did not come easy, but we figured it out and wrote this article to walk you through the factors influencing our decision — and explore the directions we could have gone. Our hope is you can benefit from the research we

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Press - November 19, 2018

At WHO presenting on Innovative Digital Strategies for Equity and Effectiveness

On Thursday, November 8th we will be speaking at the World Health Organization (WHO) on innovative digital strategies that work towards health for all people. This talk is hosted by the Innovations Hub and the Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) Department. This is following a great meeting we’ve had with colleagues at WHO and across

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Work - November 16, 2018

The Better Immunization Data Story

Ona’s involvement in PATH’s BID Initiative began in January 2017, when we started developing the Zambia Electronic Immunization Register (ZEIR), in partnership with PATH, Zambia MOH, and BlueCode. ZEIR, built on top of OpenSRP, targets nurses and other frontline health workers in Zambia to help them track immunizations and identify missed children. Read about the entire experience in

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Press - November 07, 2018

At WHO presenting on Innovative Digital Strategies for Equity and Effectiveness

On Thursday, November 8th we will be speaking at the World Health Organization (WHO) on innovative digital strategies that work towards health for all people. This talk is hosted by the Innovations Hub and the Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) Department. This is following a great meeting we’ve had with colleagues at WHO and across

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Press - November 03, 2018

Presenting on Machine Learning for Healthcare at the Royal Academy of Engineers

This past week we were in Vietnam for the Royal Academy of Engineers Frontiers of Development symposium, which is brought together engineering leaders in academia and industry to solve global development issues. I presented on ways to re-think how we can utilize machine learning and engineering in low and middle income countries to create more

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