Mobile Health Technology in Rwanda

The Rwanda Ministry of Health is investing in mobile health (mHealth) technology. In August 2009, the Ministry launched an mHealth (M-Ubuzima) initiative to support community health workers in maternal and child health interventions by utilizing mobile technology. 432 community health workers, who are responsible for maternal health in the Musanze district, were given mobile phones […]

New public health laboratory network for East Africa

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved US$63.66 million to create a unique regional network of 25 public health laboratories across Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda. This network will operate across country borders, improving access to diagnostic services to vulnerable populations in cross border areas and making optimal use of internet and mobile […]

Tanzania seeks to strengthen HIV Health Management Information System

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on behalf of the Tanzanian Ministry of  Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), is currently tendering for a major revamp of the country’s information systems handling the response to HIV and AIDS. The purpose of this program is to provide technical assistance to strengthen Health Management Information System (HMIS) […]

SMS-based drug supply management pilot nears completion

A pilot malaria drugs supply management project called “SMS for Life” has Tanzanian authorities excited over its potential. The project, which brings together IBM, Novartis, Vodafone and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, taps into a combination of smart technologies to track and manage the supply of anti-malarial drugs. The initiative uses a combination of mobile […]

Health early warning system for East Africa still in the pipeline

East African Community ministers  responsible for social development met in Bujumbura in October and urged the fast-tracking of  an integrated e-health regional information network to identify, confirm and respond rapidly to outbreaks of diseases with international ramifications. That’s the good news. The not so good news is that this project was due to be piloted […]

Health Informatics grants

The Fogarty International Center, part of the US National Institutes of Health, today announced it will award more than $9.23 million to eight global health informatics programs over the next five years – two of them from Africa. The University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa will use its new award to develop research and training […]

National Health Information System in South Africa – “Mission Impossible”

Opinion by  Ivo Vegter via ITWeb (excerpts only) Speaking at this year’s GovTech Conference, the CIO of the Department of Health, Dr Shaheen Khotu, gave a bewildering presentation. His subject was the National Health Information System of South Africa, and in particular, the provision of an electronic health record. The aim of such a record […]

ARV Down Referral Patient Management System

Down Referral is a mechanism to increase access to care for large numbers of patients requiring Anti-RetroViral (ARV) therapy.  Down referral to primary health care sites often ensures that patients receive treatment within walking distance of their homes, reducing the financial burden associated with transport and loss of income for clinic visits. In South Africa […]

The DREAM Project

Sub-Saharan Africa could soon have medical records of people living with HIV and AIDS patients run electronically, thanks to The DREAM Project which now operates within the framework of the national health systems of several African countries. DREAM has now spread to 10 African countries: Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, the Republic of Guinea, Guinea Bissau, […]