ICT for development options for researchers: A view of Computer Aid International


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ICT for development options for researchers: A view of Computer Aid International

  1. 1. ICT for Development options for Researchers – A Computer Aid perspective Gladys Muhunyo Director of Africa Programmes www.computeraid.org
  2. 2. <ul><li>UK based charity since 1998, with regional office in Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Practical solutions using affordable technology in ehealth, elearning, e-inclusion, eAgriculture, eWaste </li></ul><ul><li>Over 190,000 Professional refurbished PCs to more than 100 different countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative research on ICT for development and training on ICT tools </li></ul>www.computeraid.org Computer Aid International
  3. 3. ICT for Development <ul><li> Use of Basic ICT tools to bring about development. </li></ul><ul><li> Increasing access points to Educational Institutions </li></ul><ul><li> Availing access tools within target audience </li></ul><ul><li> Alternative Connectivity and Power </li></ul><ul><li>As long as the information that is disseminated using ICT brings about reduction in Poverty, improvement in health, education, agriculture etc </li></ul>www.computeraid.org
  4. 4. The Challenge <ul><li> Selection of Appropriate ICT in Developmental projects – Including Research programs </li></ul><ul><li> Access to Local support ICT programs </li></ul><ul><li> Technical Maintenance of Internal ICT systems </li></ul><ul><li> Awareness of Social Media solutions for development Sectors </li></ul><ul><li> Cost of connectivity </li></ul><ul><li> Management of Ewaste </li></ul>www.computeraid.org
  5. 5. <ul><li>Affordable hardware both new and refurbished to educational institutions, non-governmental organization and development agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting alternative technologies for power and connectivity(Solar -Zubabox, Mesh networks ) </li></ul><ul><li>Active lobbying within governments, for concession rates on connectivity for Educational Institutions and NGOs </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting Social Media amongst researchers to increase proffessional voices, impacting larger audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting elearning and open access platforms </li></ul>Computer Aid’s Advocacy www.computeraid.org
  6. 6. www.computeraid.org 36 African Countries – Providing New and Professionally Refurbished PCs; Laptops, Wireless equipment, Networking Solutions
  7. 7. www.computeraid.org Alternative Technologies including Mesh Networks in Rural Settings through Research and Development Support MACHA – Zambia Largest Mesh Network in Africa Covering www.machaworks.org
  8. 8. <ul><li>Chief Chicanta 700KMs of Lusaka has access to Malaria Research Institute, Hospital, 4 Schools, Community Radio station for Information </li></ul><ul><li>No Electricity, Plenty of Sunshine </li></ul><ul><li>Local Sustainability on Pay per use </li></ul>www.computeraid.org
  9. 9. www.computeraid.org Collaborative Skills in Technical Support and Maintenance with Local Partners
  10. 10. ICT access for research www.computeraid.org BioMed's open access mascot Gulliver Turtle
  11. 11. Telemedicine provides a breakthrough in rural healthcare <ul><li>Many rural hospitals in Africa do not have the expertise to treat complicated cases due to staff shortages and limited staff experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Aid is providing PCs, digital cameras, scanners and printers to rural hospitals in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania through AMREF Outreach program. </li></ul><ul><li>The technology enables doctors and nurses in these hospitals to get expert advice from medical specialists in Nairobi. </li></ul><ul><li>Staff in the rural hospital take photos of the injury or illness and them email them, along with the case notes, to the medical staff in Nairobi. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Telemedicine is a very major step for us and a breakthrough in helping us deliver better health care,&quot; says Dr Johnson Musomi, Outreach Manager at AMREF, which is working with Computer Aid on the project. </li></ul>www.computeraid.org
  12. 12. Enables the most experienced and highly-trained clinicians to provide (potentially life-saving) instant diagnostic expertise to inexperienced rural health practitioners www.computeraid.org
  13. 13. www.computeraid.org E-learning for Universities
  14. 14. Social Media Presence www.computeraid.org www.facebook.com biomedcentral, Computer Aid www.twitter.com @biomedcentral @Computer_Aid #ICT4D #oaafrica2011
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  17. 17. Conclusion <ul><li> Serving to accelerate and achieve sustainable development of quality ICT Solutions </li></ul><ul><li> Research and Development </li></ul><ul><li> Social Media Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li> Affordability and Sustainability through pulling of resources and bulk negotiation on connectivity rates. </li></ul><ul><li> Promoting Immediacy in Access – USE NOW </li></ul>www.computeraid.org 
  18. 18. <ul><li>Thank You! </li></ul><ul><li>Website: www.computeraid.org </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul>www.computeraid.org