HASH (Hub for Artificial Intelligence in Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health) is a consortium consisting of:

  • Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)
  • Sunbird AI
  • Makerere University College of Computing and Information Science (COCIS)

Formed through funding from the IDRC and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

As part of the Artificial Intelligence for Development in Africa Program (AI4D Africa), the consortium will implement a Hub and a Network for Artificial Intelligence in Maternal, Sexual, and Reproductive Health (MSRH) in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Hub will focus on priority research sub-themes of Maternal Health, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health, and HIV.

  • Makerere University is a public research university located in Kampala, Uganda, offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. Makerere has made significant contributions to research and development in Africa and has a commitment to public service.

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  • Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is a leading medical research and training institution based in Kampala, Uganda, focused on HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and other infectious diseases. IDI provides high-quality training to healthcare professionals throughout the region and is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of people living with or affected by infectious diseases.

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  • Sunbird AI is a non-profit organization registered in Uganda in 2019, committed to developing practical AI systems for social good and generating evidence for decision making and policy through these systems. Sunbird AI also aims to create resources for others to create practical AI systems and provide neutral advice on the practical possibilities, benefits, and risks of AI technology in Africa. 

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AI4GH project

The AI4GH project aims to advance maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights while strengthening health systems in sub-Saharan Africa through responsible development and deployment of AI innovations.

Specific objectives:

  1. Identifying, validating, and documenting priority research sub-themes at the intersections of AI and maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights, and health systems strengthening in SSA.
  2. Strengthening the capacity of African innovators, researchers, and policymakers to support responsible AI applications.
  3. Increasing and strengthening the number of homegrown AI innovations to develop, deploy and scale responsible AI applications aimed at improving maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights while informing a wide audience including the general public.

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