Please RSVP: How Are Community Health Workers Using ICT?

Across the continent, Africans are receiving health care by frontline health workers in every situation imaginable, from modern hospitals to primary care facilities and health posts in rural villages. In most of these situations, there will probably be a mobile phone. There may even be more than that. Baobab Health uses point of care terminals in Malawi and Dimagi is growing the number of CHWs with phones for data capture in Kenya.

Yet in community settings, frontline health workers are likely to have more basic tools. Constrained by ICT infrastructure, costs, and access, and by national and local rules, regulations, and custom, they often just have mobile phones – feature phones at that. So what ICT tools can they use?

Please RSVP now to join Lesley-Anne Long of mPowering Frontline Health Workers and Trip Allport of Accenture Development Partnerships in a vibrant discussion during the next Tech Salon Nairobi to find answers to questions like:

  • What are the basic tools that /any/ community health worker could use (and how) to improve health service delivery and quality of care?
  • What are more advanced tools that are available?
  • What has scaled? What has not? And for both, why?
  • Who is innovating and what is their progress?
  • How can we help develop or deploy solutions that will have impact on frontline health workers and the communities they serve?

We’ll have hot coffee and catered breakfast for a morning rush, but seating is limited. So RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance: once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list.

ICT for Community Health Workers
February Technology Salon Nairobi
8-9:30am, Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Population Council, Kenya
Ralph Bunche Road & Ngong Road
Nairobi, Kenya (map)

About the Technology Salon
The Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:

  • technology’s impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.

Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 30 people – and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged. It’s also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!

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Innovation in Africa

Its a cause for concern than most of the important innovations relevant to Africa are still been undertaken outside the continent. Lack of innovation systems is certainly one reason for this. We can also add resources in terms of money and institutions for research and higher learner.

Nonetheless, we also know that access to information knowledge, academic research and scientific papers do provide a rich source for individuals and companies looking for good ideas and solutions.

This was one of the primary motivation that I had when I started innovationafrica eight years ago. We would provide relevant content in science, technology and business in order that individuals and companies than learn about the important breakthroughs. Some topics we report on might seem irrelevant. However, these are important developments that can solve some of our problems. For example, developments in nano technology, solar panel technology, 3D printing, fibre optic and even design…yes design.

Last week, listening to the BBC, I heard a person from the States discussing her idea for drone as means to solve the transportation problem in Lesotho. I could not believe what I was hearing. She is America, has never been to Africa. She read a report by the World Bank that stated the cost of building one kilometre of road in Lesotho amounts to 4 million dollars. She then thought ok….innovation…what is the solution? She has obviously been reading about the use of drones in non military purposes.

Keep visiting innovationafrica, spread the word. Innovationafrica is a rich repository of content that provides ideas, learning and inspiration. So next time, when I listen to the BBC, I will hear someone from the continent with an innovative idea on how to solve the traffic jam in Nairobi!

Francis Stevens George

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