Scaling local and digital solutions for healthcare access
08/12 - 30/11/2022

A conference from the Be-cause health Working Group on Digitalisation supported by Enabel

8 December, 5-6 pm CET, ICAB Incubator & online


The “Because Health” e-health working group is organising its on-site and online conference on “Scaling local and digital solutions for healthcare access”.


Recording of the meeting


What is this conference about ?

Whether it is to improve access to primary health care, clinical tests, diagnoses, public health policy diagnostics and decisions through efficient information systems, and personalised medical treatment, the possibilities offered by digitalisation in the health sector are numerous for both high-income and low- and middle-income countries.

In this context, how do we move from promises to concrete implementations that have an impact on access to affordable and quality healthcare and thus contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. This question is even more relevant in countries with low resources and challenges such as power cuts or unstable internet access.

This webinar will feature two digital solution development initiatives: 3D prosthetics by Ugani Prosthetics & smart glasses by Iristick, promised to facilitate access to affordable and quality healthcare in low-resource country contexts. For each of these initiatives, it would be interesting to focus on the operational constraints and solutions, while critically reflecting on the limits of digitalisation.

Join us for an interactive conference with demos of the solutions on Thursday 8 December from 5 to 6 pm at ICAB Incubator, Rue des Pères Blancs 4, 1040 Brussels. Please confirm your attendance by clicking here, before December 1st. 


Join 2 tech-savvy speakers in the implementation of digital solutions in LMICs!

Joren Vallaeys, co-founder and COO of Ugani Prosthetics

Ugani Prosthetics is a Belgian start-up that develops high-quality & low-cost 3D prosthetics and orthotics, to give every amputee the right to a decent life. Ugani trains Orthopaedic specialists in the use of 3D technology and makes devices locally. This helps to revolutionise the O&P industry with 3D, leading to a lower price for the patients and society as a whole. The Ugani procedures are currently used in Ghana, Benin and DRC, and deployments in several LMIC are underway.

Having worked within several European start-ups, the founders of Ugani want to address the difficulties of access to healthcare from a pragmatic perspective by providing efficient solutions and have adopted the motto ‘Actions speak louder than words’. Joren will give a live demonstration of the creation of a prosthesis.

Steven Serneels, Co-founder and board member of Iristick

Iristick is an industrial smart glasses company blending Tech for Business with Tech for Good.

Iristick develops, builds and sells state-of-the-art smart safety glasses for industrial and commercial applications. As smart glasses are a key technology for supporting remote assistance, lots of use cases in the social ecosystem are possible. One example is telemedicine, where Iristick provided smart glasses to healthcare workers in rural health centres, to be supported by doctors in district hospitals during consultation in difficult and precarious areas. The smart glasses are now used in multiple LMICs countries such as DRC and Mali.  Iristick won the D4D (Digital 4 Development) prize in 2020 in the iStandOut category.

Steven Serneels has been working in the professional service industry as a strategy consultant and business leader for nearly 25 years. He started his entrepreneurial career in 1992. He is currently board member of several global and national organisations (Institute Of Tropical Medicine, SI2, Kampani, Iristick, G1000, etc.) focussing on the sweet spot where societal benefits and market dynamics come together. Steven also worked as strategic advisor for FEC (Full Economic Citizenship), Ashoka’s strategic venture for market based solutions; Ashoka being the global leading organisation for social entrepreneurs. Steven is regularly invited as conference chairman and keynote speaker at international conferences and is (co-) author of numerous internationally published articles. Steven holds a Master in Engineering from the Rijksuniversiteit Ghent and an MBA from the Vlerick Management School.


Stefaan Van Bastelaere, Senior Health Expert at Enabel

Senior Health Expert with a over 25 years history of working in International Development and Public Health. Skilled in Health System Strengthening, policy analysis & strategic development, program monitoring & evaluation, quality control and development, performance based financing (PBF), eHealth, biomedical maintenance and HRH development.

The interventions : In English

Q&A: in English, Dutch & French


Do you work in organisations or companies that are implementing digitalisation programmes in low- and middle-income countries and would like to know more about these digitisation initiatives and their actual implementation?

Or are you simply curious to know more about the dynamics of digitisation in these countries and the answers provided by Belgian start-ups?