[Health] Introductions to Health Digest

Holt holt at laptop.org
Fri Aug 13 13:06:52 EDT 2010

Thanks Jennifer & All!

How should we put together an OLPC Health discussion/agenda/track 
pushing forward the best health ideas at the OLPC-SF Community Summit 
Oct 21/22-24 at San Francisco State University?

With so many people attending worldwide, this is our chance to look not 
only at OLPC/Sugar deployment "Realness" (proven in-the-field deployment 
tips, rough spots & all) but also to look to the future getting 
practical-health-activities actually into several of these very 
deployments in 2011:


Thank you to everybody who can think over/suggest this San Francisco 
agenda -- even while the event has not yet been formally announced by 
the amazing OLPC-SF community(*), who've spawned deployment innovation 
in Madagascar, Afghanistan, Jamaica, the Bay Area, etc.  We can 
definitely count on a wide array of OLPC community innovators arriving 
from around the world, much like this spring's http://Realness.org event 
but keep your eyes on http://OLPCSF.org later this month -- where I 
expect many more than the ~40 people who attended in May -- Hope To See 
Many Of You There :)

(*) http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/olpc-sf

Jennifer DeBoer wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am happy to hear about so much interest in this group!  My name is 
> Jennifer DeBoer, and I am currently a graduate student in education 
> policy.  I am interested in the use of technology in 
> resource-deficient areas, so OLPC is a major area of interest for me.  
> I started getting involved in 2007 when I began looking into the 
> possibility of an HIV/AIDS learning activity for children in rural 
> Mozambique (http://wiki.laptop.org/go/User:Jumpbean). 
> I have made a start at the activity that I want to beta-test this 
> winter, but I am still struggling through the creation of a workable 
> product.  I would love to contribute by offering my perspective from 
> the educational research and international development side of things, 
> and I would love to get support in finishing this first activity and 
> continuing to develop better interventions for health and education!
> Best,
> Jennifer
> On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 12:41 PM, AJ Kumar <aj.kumar at gmail.com 
> <mailto:aj.kumar at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Hey all,
>     Another late self-intro.  I'm a graduate student working on
>     low-cost medical devices for the developing world and hoping to
>     somehow get a thesis out of it.  I don't have a ton of IT or XO
>     experience. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in rural South Africa
>     from 2007-2009 and worked in the education sector there.  While
>     there, I was also the village computer dude and worked a lot on
>     fixing up computers and teaching some basic classes.  
>     I'm not sure where I'll fit in best but I'll try to contribute
>     when I can to any areas that help is needed.
>     -A.J.
>     On Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 11:50 PM, Chris Watkins
>     <chriswaterguy at appropedia.org
>     <mailto:chriswaterguy at appropedia.org>> wrote:
>         Hi folks. A late self-intro - I'm a water and sanitation
>         engineer by training, but my main work and interest is in
>         knowledge sharing, i.e. building a knowledge bank on
>         Appropedia.org, for all manner of info about development and
>         sustainability, including water, sanitation and public health
>         among many other topics.
>         So, I'm not sure exactly what's planned, but I'd be happy to
>         lend a hand to Randy and Caryl on water/sanitation.
>         I also assume that any content that is created is under an
>         open license, and hope that it's put somewhere where it will
>         be well indexed, findable, and usable - naturally I'm thinking
>         of Appropedia :-).
>         Chris
>         On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 01:46, Beth Santos <beth at waveplace.org
>         <mailto:beth at waveplace.org>> wrote:
>             Maybe do some pairings like Jacquie and Stephen on
>             malnutrition, Randy/Caryl on water/sanitation,
>             Caryl/Sameer on recording peripherals (using the measure
>             program in Sugar), Sandra/Dari on HIV/AIDS...? What do
>             people think?
>         -- 
>         Chris Watkins
>         Appropedia.org - Sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable
>         lives.
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>         community.livejournal.com/appropedia
>         <http://community.livejournal.com/appropedia>
>         identi.ca/appropedia <http://identi.ca/appropedia>
>         twitter.com/appropedia <http://twitter.com/appropedia>
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