adesina iluyemi adeiluyemi at gmail.com
Wed Sep 3 12:19:10 EDT 2008

Dear Holly,

Welcome to the list. Good to see that more people  with interest on using
OLPC for health workers in developing countries/Africa are comming on baord.
I have proposed to the group sometime ago about initiating some pilot
projects in Africa. Will be looking forward on how we can this forward.


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> Being new to the list, I would be interested to know if there are others
> working on or considering working on developing diagnostic and treatment
> algorithms along the lines of knowledge couplers (see www.pkc.com) for use
> by community health workers and others in the developing world, perhaps
> initially focusing on children's health??
> Scott Endsley MD
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> From: Holly Ladd <hladd at aed.org>
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> Good morning (Boston time!)
> I have just joined this list and would like to give you a little
> background on our work and find out more about any health
> implementations underway.
> We are AED-SATELLIFE - an NGO that has worked in the field of health
> information and technology for over 20 years.  We disseminate health
> content for people working in the developing world and have several
> projects on the ground in various countries using technology to expand
> access to information and to improve reporting.  In 170 remote health
> centers in Uganda and 100 in Mozambique we are using handheld computers
> and an access point that transfers data via the cellular networks to
> support weekly and monthly facility data reporting (utilization, disease
> surveillance, vital stats, supply management, etc) to a central server
> in the capital and then sends the combined data from all the district
> reports back to the appropriate district health office.  We also use
> this system to send out continuing education three time a week, articles
> for the daily newspapers, memos from the district health office or
> ministry of health.  We have just begun to collect daily register data
> from the health centers in Uganda in addition to weekly and monthly
> reports.  We are working in health centers with very little
> infrastructure and relatively unskilled staff.  They, by and large, do
> not keep individual patient records.
> While the PDAs work well, we would like to try using an energy efficient
> laptop (given that in most sites there is no reliable electric y beyond
> the solar chargers).  We have a good deal of experience with what works
> and does not work on the ground. We also have a lot of experience
> working with front line health care workers and have a good sense of
> what they need, can use and can support.
> As I said at the opening, i would really like to hear if there are any
> health deployments of the OLPC yet, if so where and who I can talk to
> about your experience to date.
> regards,
> Holly Ladd
> VP & Center Director
> AED-SATELLIFE Center for Health Information and Technology
> 30 California Street
> Watertwon, MA USA 02472
> www.healthnet.org
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Adesina Iluyemi
Sustainable eHealth/Telemedicine in Africa
Centre for Healthcare Modelling & Informatics
University of Portsmouth
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