Work - April 29, 2019

Building Open Guidelines for Rapid Diagnostic Tests

Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are used around the world as low-cost disposable tests capable of diagnosing a variety of common diseases, such as malaria, syphilis, and HIV. These tests come in a variety of shapes and formats, which poses challenges for accurate use and interpretation by the clinicians and community health workers providing care. Below

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Tech - April 23, 2019

Dependency injection with Kotlin using the Koin library

by Elly Many experienced Java Developers are familiar with Dagger, some may have used libraries like Guice, Weld or the Context Dependency Injection (CDI) available in the Spring framework for managing dependencies in their apps. With the adoption of Kotlin you may be wondering which tool/library to use for dependency injection in your next app. Whereas you can use Dagger (for all

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Resources - April 17, 2019

How to Build a Slack Bot for Reporting Standups

by Pharis After joining Ona as a Software Engineering Intern, I was tasked to compile and post standups for all the members of the project we were working on. At first it was a great experience, and even better we could alternate shifts with another intern. However, as time went by the task was too

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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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