A Systems Approach to Creating Affordable Access to Medical Devices in Africa

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

Oluwasoga Oni, CEO and Founder, MDaaS; SDM Alumnus

Oluwasoga Oni, SDM ’14

Date: March 13, 2017
Time: Noon – 1 p.m. ET


Slides available here.

About the Presentation

Medical devices have the power to transform the healthcare landscape and dramatically improve health outcomes around the globe. However, access to life-saving medical equipment and supplies is far from universal. In Africa, there are not enough medical devices to serve the vast population of more than 1 billion—and, according to the World Health Organization, 40 percent of the medical devices available are currently out of service. In many parts of the continent, this dearth of functioning medical equipment means that diseases are diagnosed too late or not at all.

In this webinar, SDM alumnus Oluwasoga Oni will explain how he used systems thinking to develop a startup designed to improve affordable access to medical devices in his home country, Nigeria, and ultimately across Africa.

Webinar attendees will learn about:

  • the Nigerian and African healthcare ecosystem;
  • using systems analysis to identify the challenges in this ecosystem and their drivers;
  • the pros and cons of existing approaches to solving medical device challenges; and
  • using the Idealized Design Framework to create a new model for tackling Africa’s medical equipment problem.

A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us!

About the Speaker

Oluwasoga Oni is the CEO and founder of MDaaS, a medical equipment services company dedicated to improving affordable access to high-quality medical devices in Nigeria and across Africa. Previously, Oni worked as a software engineer for a large multinational data storage organization. He holds a bachelor’s degree in information and communication technology from Covenant University in Ogun, Nigeria, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. As a graduate of the System Design & Management program, he also holds a master’s degree in engineering and management from MIT.

About the Series

Sponsored by the System Design & Management (SDM) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges. Recordings and slides from prior SDM webinars can be accessed here.