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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

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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
  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> 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>
  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>
  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
  6. 6. 36 African Countries – Providing New and Professionally Refurbished PCs; Laptops, Wireless equipment, Networking Solutions
  7. 7. Alternative Technologies including Mesh Networks in Rural Settings through Research and Development Support MACHA – Zambia Largest Mesh Network in Africa Covering
  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>
  9. 9. Collaborative Skills in Technical Support and Maintenance with Local Partners
  10. 10. ICT access for research 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>
  12. 12. Enables the most experienced and highly-trained clinicians to provide (potentially life-saving) instant diagnostic expertise to inexperienced rural health practitioners
  13. 13. E-learning for Universities
  14. 14. Social Media Presence biomedcentral, Computer Aid @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> 
  18. 18. <ul><li>Thank You! </li></ul><ul><li>Website: </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul>