Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

 

Medic Mobile is out! I gotta say that I’m loving this great tool and platform and can definitely see the potential for it in rural and developing parts of the world. I would love to get my hands on a project to implement this. Here’s is what the development team has to say about it:

“Our approach is about tools that can be appropriated and adapted by health workers all over the globe, many of whom have little support from professional IT staff.

Mobile phones play an increasingly integral role in daily life in the developing world and some of our greatest global health challenges can be addressed through connectivity. Medic is seizing this opportunity by developing software, hardware, implementation strategies and impact analysis in mobile health.

The same team of FrontlineSMS with the same open source tools, have re-branded FrontlineSMS:Medic in their unique approach to mHealth.

Oh and it gets even better with providing a simple interface for an EHR, and it’s called PatientView

Site: http://medicmobile.org/

Big Shoutout to the team! You all are AWESOME 🙂

an ancient x-ray controls in an African hospital - Wikimedia

I just read this article in InformationWeek titled “Botswana Hospital Takes A Digital Leap Forward“. I’m so happy to see that medical informatics and IT are penetrating to poor and developing nations. This is truly great and I hope that such technologies will be available not only to this one hospital in Botswana, but all nations across the entire world 🙂

Today, December 1st, marks the world’s AIDS day … I can still remember my first trip to Eastern Africa to volunteer with Students for International Change (now Support for International Change) in Tanzania where we were educating locals in rural and remote villages about HIV/AIDS and the stigma associated with it … That was a life-changing trip indeed …

The good news is that

“Data released by UNAIDS and the WHO highlights that beyond the peak and natural course of the epidemic HIV prevention programmes are making a difference. According to 2009 AIDS epidemic update, new HIV infections have been reduced by 17% over the past eight years.” – UNAIDS.org

Kuwait for Kenya (K4K) will be holding a photo exhibit at Bayt Lothan under the patronage of Mrs. Farah Pandith, Special Representative to the Muslim Communities for the U.S. Department of State. All proceeds from the exhibit will go towards the funding of future (K4K) projects.

LocationBayt Lothan in Salmiya near Marina Mall, Kuwait
Dates: October 28-29, 2009
Time: 6-8PM

I hope you can come join us and see the amazing art work 🙂

“About 4 million people are now getting AIDS drugs worldwide — a 10-fold jump in five years — but 5 million others are still in dire need of the medicine, U.N. health officials estimated in a report issued Wednesday. The figures represented a major increase in rolling out drugs to patients across Africa, where the AIDS epidemic is focused, even though they were based on incomplete data and modeling.” – Maria Cheng, AP

That’s a HUGE number! I wish one day pharmaceutical companies start investing in various funds to help support their research, rather than jacking up the price of various meds and drugs that only people of a certain social strata can afford. I’ve seen first hand what HIV/AIDS does to people and their families in Tanzania! It’s time the world takes action!!

“Nearly 400 adults die from HIV-related deaths every day in Zimbabwe … Per capita, Zimbabwe has more orphans than any country in the world, and school enrollment is falling. “- James Elder, UNICEF

I came across this interesting ePhoto Journal on BBC.com! It’s sad, but I think its important that more and more people are aware of the consequences that HIV is having on humans around the globe, especially those in sub-Saharan Africa. I can speak of experience when I volunteered for 10 weeks in rural/remote areas of Tanzania teaching about HIV/AIDS.

I sure hope we can find a solution to this killer soon!