Uganda: Makerere University introduces post-graduate degree in Health Informatics

Makerere University has added eHealth to its postgraduate programme menu as part of its efforts to digitalise health information and speed up service delivery. The new postgraduate programme launched on Friday at Makererere University covers a diverse field concerned with the application of ICT to support organisations such as hospitals, and delivery of healthcare services […]

More than half of newborn babies in Kenya are still not registered

More than half of newborns are not registered despite spirited campaigns to enroll all children at birth, according to the Civil Registration Services Department. This means the Government misses out on data for about 600,000 children annually, which is crucial for national planning and coordination. Nationally, 1.2 million children are born annually, according to the […]

Nigeria plans to harmonize data collection, and data sharing across government

THE National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has revealed its plans to make data sharing less cumbersome by harmonizing data collection and sharing among Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs) which will give way for the successful implementation of e-Governance in MDAs. Speaking at a Stakeholders Workshop on Draft Nigerian e-Governance Interoperability Framework (Ne-GIF), the Director […]

Ghana national ID card to cost 1.22 billion dollars over next 15 years

Ghana’s national identification card, the Ghana Card, being spearheaded by the National Identification Authority (NIA) is expected to cost the country 1.22 billion dollars in the next 15 years. Registration and issuance of national ID cards to Ghanaians by the Authority is set to begin from May 28 from the Jubilee House in Accra. Speaking […]

Uganda plans to link access to public health services with national Id

The government is in advanced stages of preparations to enforce a proposal for only National Identity Cards (IDs) holders to enjoy healthcare services at public health facilities, this newspaper can reveal. Health minister Jane Aceng on Monday confirmed that they are setting up a digital system with in-built mechanism to, among other things, enable pharmacies […]

Building empirical knowledge in ethnically diverse countries: persistent data challenges

Extracts from Canelas, C. & Gisselquist, R.M. (2018) Horizontal inequality and data challenges. WIDER Working Paper 2018/55. Helsinki: UNU-WIDER Stewart (2008: 3) defines horizontal inequalities as ‘inequalities in economic, social or political dimensions or cultural status between culturally defined groups’. Consistent with much of the literature, we treat ‘culturally defined groups’ here as generally equivalent to ‘ethnic’ groups, […]

Appreciating local variations in standardising health care data collection processes and tools: A case of health management information system in Tanzania

The need for integration of health information systems as realised in the 90s by the developing countries resulted into deliberate standardisation initiatives. Software systems, human resources, procedures, and data collection tools were all subjected to standardisation. This standardisation, however, has been so absolute that the local and permanent variations were not taken into consideration. This […]

East African Community Chief Justices call for far-reaching digital strategy

Chief Justices drawn from the East African Community (EAC) members States have challenged respective governments to increase resource allocation for respective Judiciaries in order to enhance delivery of justice. The top justices, who included Kenya’s David Maraga, Uganda’s Bart Katureebe, Tanzania’s Ibrahim Hamis Juma, and South Sudan’s Chan Reec Madut, noted that current allocations remained […]

Uganda: “Why do our national IDs expire?”

“Why did the Ugandan authorities find it necessary to put an expiry date on national ID for its citizenry yet citizenship once acquired and/or proved is a lifetime right that can only be taken away by the State on specified grounds? According to international best practice, national IDs are issued for life. They do not […]

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