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



Gladys Muhunyo, Director of Africa programmes, Computer Aid, Kenya

Gladys Muhunyo, Director of Africa programmes, Computer Aid, Kenya



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

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