Second Annual ICT4D Postgraduate Symposium (IX): e-Health and eGovernment

Akeh Lucas Kunen & Zigo Morfaw Damien
E-Health Africa: Overcoming the Barriers to its Implementation. A case study of Sub Sahara Africa

Intend to identify the barriers to e-Health implementation in sub-saharan Africa and see how can these barriers be overcome.

  • Political barriers
  • Economic barriers
  • Socio-cultural factors
  • Technical barriers

Solutions to Political barriers

  • Leadership
  • Leadership
  • Leadership

Solutions to Economic barriers

  • Infrastructure development
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Assistance from donor organizations

Solutions to Socio-Cultural barriers

  • Education
  • Digital divide
  • Use of ICTs in public institutions
My Comments
  • During the debate, issues arise about citizenship awareness (on e-Health) and overriding (corrupt) governments, which reminds me of some good hints Francisco Lupiáñez about ICTs and e-Health in some cases not empowering but disempowering people, e.g. the distrust on online information about Health in general thus strengthening the link/dependence physicist-patient. Thus, overriding governments with the required awareness might by a tricky issue.

Marije Geldof
ICT for low-literate youth in Ethiopia: the usability challenge

The instruments of literacy create a demand for literacy (Lewis)

Explore current role & future opportunities of ICTs in the live of low-literate (limited reading and writing skills) youth (1o to 20 y.o.) in Africa

Methodological challenges

  • Sampling
  • Phrasing questions
  • Visual representations
  • Answering behaviour
  • Translation
  • Research setting

Preliminary results

  • Divide urban and rural
  • Gender differences
  • Main ICT use: communication long distance; information about country
  • Mobile phone popular
  • Technology for the educated only
  • English necessary for using ICT
  • Reading and writing for education, letters, obtaining knowledge, job perspectives
  • Impact video
  • Imitating
  • Low sustainability


Second Annual ICT4D Postgraduate Symposium (2007)

If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:

Peña-López, I. (2007) “Second Annual ICT4D Postgraduate Symposium (IX): e-Health and eGovernment” In ICTlogy, #47, August 2007. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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