Inside Uganda: mHealth or eHealth?

30 06 2010

As technology continues to roll out in Uganda, Ugandans are becoming more and more innovative in use and application of the available technologies for development.

Over the past few months I have attended the Mobile Monday Kampala (MoMoKla) meetings and followed the MoMoKla activities. I must say that is has been fun being involved in such a lively platform of mobile application developers, users, doctors and health consumers.

Mobile Health Uganda group which was formed recently is trying to lobby for cheap mobile applications to facilitate access to health information. The group is looking at how best a mobile phone can be utilized to enhance access to health information and use of mobile phones to improve on health facilities through cell phone based surveys and other applications.

The mobile phone is a very handy device, affordable and very user friendly. This justifies why the mobile phone remains a very popular and yet important device in both rural and urban areas in many corners of the developing world.

here are some of the useful link:

David Gelvin mobile_monday_presentation

Laiton OPENXDATA_DEMO MobileModay

mHealth MoMo Presentation sean blaschke

MoMoKla-TTC

Nayantara CHW Reporting_MobileMonday_V2

Bravo to the phenomenal Mobile Monday Kampala group for your effort.

I am looking forward to more and more innovations. 🙂

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Its Fast, Its FREE: Its 0.facebook.com!

21 05 2010

Good bye m.facebook.com. WELCOME 0.facebook.com – its free, its fast!

On Tuesday, May 18th, 2010, Facebook launched a new way of accessing Facebook anytime, anywhere: 0.facebook.com is a new mobile site. On this Mobile Site, you will not be able to view pictures [but who cares about photos on phone?]. However, you will be able to access all the key features of facebook. 0.facebook.com has been fully optimized for your phone for speed. For now it is available to 50 mobile operators in 45 countries. MTN Uganda is one of 50 mobile operators. I am so proud of MTN right now because, many youth will now get a chance to access mobile facebook with out having to worry about using up their airtime on data.

Mobile internet remains very slow in many countries including Uganda. This makes surfing sites like facebook on phone quite boring because of the slow connection. However, because there are not many choices, many facebook users still prefer to use their cell phones to update their facebook statuses.

Soon as I heard about the New *FREE Mobile Facebook, I couldnt believe, so I rushed to my phone, patched in 0.facebook.com – wow! Amazing. I was so out of words.

Thank you MTN Uganda – Thank you Facebook.





Married Couples BREED Corruption in the workplace.

17 04 2009

Corruption is one of the major problems hindering development in Africa. Many African countries are laying strategies to abolish corruption in both the private sector and public parastatals. Not much success has been achieved as yet.

The Kenyan government has come up with a tough policy to eliminate married couples working in big parastatals.

The Kenyan Permanent Secretary has vowed that all the married couples will have to choose who quits and who keeps their job within a period of six month. He argues that married couples working in the same office in Kenya have contributed to the increasing rates of corruption in Kenya.

A radio show on BBC World “Africa Have your say” had listeners exchanging ideas about the proposed government policy.

·         "If it is an organization where they are both employees, then it is not proper", said one of the callers.
·         It can work where the couple can draw a line between their home and workplace.
·         An employer from Malawi does not tolerate couples in his organization.
·         “Married couples can demoralize other employees and reduce their productivity,” added the Malawian.
·         Dan, a married man and his wife from Kenya agrees to the Malawian employer’s argument, but argue that it also depends on the size of the 
    organization. “I do not think it would be a problem for married couples working in different regional offices of the same organization.”
·         Another caller says it’s a question of maturity.
·         “I would not work with my husband in the same office, it wouldn’t work!” says a Ghanaian woman. 

Some people are saying that many wrong doing go unpunished in big offices because of married partners covering for one another’s crime.

Others argue that this should be done for the sake of transparency and to eliminate conflicts of interest in public service.

In Uganda today, ‘some’ workplace policies prohibit relationships between workmates though others don’t. However no such policy has been put in place by the government.
Some marriage testimonies also point at the couples meeting at their workplaces!

Many Kenyans agree that there will be trouble implementing the policy and that they will seek legal advice against the policy.

The whole aspect remains a conflicting loyalty. Who quits and who remains?

Will the government implement the policy or revise it?





Javie @ WordPress

12 04 2009

The last time I owned a personal Diary was 2003. My mom bought me a wallet and in it was a small diary.
Since then I havent thought of buying myself one even when I was sure I needed one!
One question keeps crossing my mind every time I think of a diary. “Why should I keep notes in a diary?”
Do I really need it?

Now I own a wordpress.
Its worth more than a diary.
ISnt it?





Hello world!

12 04 2009

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