Congratulations to YEDEA 2017 / Design Thinking and Telemedicine in Koforidua, Ghana, for its recent prize!
YEDEA, a healthcare and education service-learning project in Koforidua, Ghana, was created by UVA School of Medicine ('20) student and program director, Emmanuel Larbi Abebrese, in collaboration with faculty advisor, Elgin Cleckley from the School of Architecture. YEDEA develops innovative solutions for issues facing poor Ghanian communities, focused on education and healthcare using Design Thinking methodologies. YEDEA recently won second place and $15,000 development funding in UVA's 2018 Entrepreneurship Cup. This award is for the design of a Telemedicine concept to provide better access to healthcare for Ghanaians living in rural communities.
YEDEA is supported by the Center for Global Health, Washington and Lee University’s Shepard Poverty Program, collaborating with Koforidua Technical University, All Nations University College, Koforidua Nurses and Midwives Training College, and Koforidua Regional Hospital.
UVA STUDENT PARTICIPANTS FOR YEDEA SUMMER 2017:
Vida Sarpong, University of Virginia, Biology, Pre-Med, Class of 2018
Grace Patrice Anyetei-Anum, University of Virginia, Biology and Studio Art, Class of 2018
Morgan Brazel, University of Virginia, Biology and Psychology Major, Class of 2018
Ted Obi, University of Virginia, Psychology Major, Class of 2018
Ghanaian Student Collaborators:
Clement Nyame - Koforidua Nursing and Midwifery Training College
Joseph Koranteng – Koforidua Technical University
Benjamin Boateng – All Nations University College
Aboagye Boateng - Koforidua Nursing and Midwifery Training College
Mensah Emmananel – Koforidua Nursing and Midwifery Training College
UVA students and Ghanaian students collaborated with Chic Thompson's WAGiLabs project at Wesley International School. Thompson is an internationally renowned speaker and author on creativity. He is the Founder and Executive Director of WAGiLabs, a social innovation incubator where kids share ideas and work together to make the world a better place. Our students instructed youth through Design Thinking methodologies.
The University of Virginia Entrepreneurship Cup, also known as the E-Cup, is an annual competition that seeks to enrich the area’s entrepreneurial community by encouraging new ventures with the potential to address unmet needs, solve social and economic problems, and do so in an interdisciplinary way. The E-Cup is open to all UVA undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.