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Integrating HealthCare in Africa: The Role of ICTs in eHealth; Can we scale up Governance and Accountability?

Global Health Corps

GHC fellow Jeremiah J. Mwiinga, Call Center Software Engineer for CHAMP in Zambia, talks about eHealth in Africa.

"As one of the government partners for World Bank in Kenya said, “The greatest challenge for us is change.” This refers not to the technology development or training or budgeting, but to the actual ability to change mindsets that may not be accustomed to an ICT solution, and to engage a younger generation for whom “tech-savvy” is an inherent quality.

Are we up for the challenge?"

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  • Ben Goldhirsh

    "Perhaps ICTs and eHealth can be one area where developing countries can learn from the mistakes of developed countries."

    love this. is this the trajectory you think will play out?

    I think your question:

    "Should we support an overall systemic fix and a common platform, with simple plug-and-play “apps” for different diseases such as AIDS, Malaria, TB, Cervical Cancer, etc and issues ( Health Information Systems, supply of drugs), or should we encourage countries to invest in different platforms for different diseases or problems?"

    is the big one. do you have a sense what people/leaders/innovators are thinking on this? I would hope for the former from an efficiency sense, but sovereignty is strong voice in any discussion like this.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      It's interesting how many doctors and even our healthcare system are electronically sharing files- and that startups are now innovating to efficiently get information to our healthcare system. But, I do think we need one universal system that works together. The more that innovators work with actual health systems that are already in place the better. You mentioned U Report as a citizen data collecting technology- which is similar to (an app that lets you measure your own vitals). It's almost like they should be collaborating! GHC, have you heard of They are working with countries to figure out how to make 911 systems better and more effcient- but they're adapting their technology to the city they're in- and the people using the tech. Would be interesting to see you collaborate with either of those tech companies. They're both members on our site!