Dr Muzzammil Ismail, winner of the global Reimagine Challenge 2020

13 December 2021 | Story Jonga – the Western Cape Government Health newsletter. Read time 4 min.

Congratulations are in order to the School of Public Health and Family Medicine’s Registrar, Dr Muzzammil Ismail, who was announced as one of the winners of the global Reimagine Challenge 2020. The achievement sees him receiving up to US$25 000 (R375 000) in tuition scholarships.

The Reimagine Challenge was launched in August 2020 to source the best proposals from university students around the world on how to build a better future. Ismail is one of four University of Cape Town students who were among the total of 20 winners announced from the 838 students (from 264 colleges and universities in 40 countries) who participated in the challenge.

Ismail’s winning project is called the Virtual Emergency Care Tactical Operation (VECTOR) and is a data-driven project for virtually managing and observing 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.

“I am immensely grateful. This win represents the huge contribution of an entire team of individuals in realising a new way of managing patients. I am excited about the opportunities this opens up for models of service delivery that we can explore moving forward,” said Dr Ismail.

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