Jessica moved to Dakar to join Dimagi in 2016. Since then, she has led digital health projects across West and Francophone Africa — including national-scale projects for Senegal, Burkina Faso, Benin, and Madagascar. Her areas of programmatic focus include malaria surveillance, clinical care of children under 5, and community health.Prior to joining Dimagi, Jessica received her education at Stanford University. There, Jessica earned a bachelor’s degree in symbolic systems and a master’s degree in computer science. Her work experience focuses on developing digital tools — particularly in rural African health settings. For a year and a half, Jessica lived in a hospital in rural Burundi as an IT manager, focused on building out an EMR system. Afterwards, Jessica came back to San Francisco to work as a software engineer. She built a translation platform to translate Airbnb into 26 languages and helped adapt the website for international markets. At a small AI start-up (Idibon), Jessica led a text message categorization project for UNICEF’s U-Report programs in Nigeria, Uganda, and Burundi. But Jessica missed working directly with African health systems too much not to find her way back to the continent. Jessica spends her free time listening to Wolof radio and taking copious notes. She hopes to one day get to the bottom of whether the word “banana” actually originated from Wolof.
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