[Health] McMaster Global Health and OLPC

Mark Brul markbrul at gmail.com
Thu Feb 10 13:08:06 EST 2011

Hi Michael, 

Nice to hear your interest, hopefully I can contribute a bit. 

My name is Mark Brul, fairly new in this health list. I have a master degree
in biomedical engineer (health care technologies) obtained at the University
of Twente, Holland. Nowadays I work as volunteer for Movimiento Foundation
in Uruguay. Apart from that I work as researcher for Saxion University
(Holland) doing research on activity monitoring and user centered design
methods (beyond OLPC). 

I would like you to share the article I wrote for OLPC news
ml> . And our work on the project called Saludame, about which we recently
blog in English on our website <http://www.movimientofoundation.com/> .

Briefly, in project Saludame we work in  a multidisciplinary team on
developing a health education program for rural schools in Uruguay, using an
educational game for the XO supported with didactical guides for the
teachers. In April 2011 we start our pilot, after 8 months of development
(start in June 2010).

Hope to get in contact with you. For any questions, please send me an email.

Best regards,

Mark Brul



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[mailto:health-bounces at lists.laptop.org] On Behalf Of Michael Mak
Sent: maandag 10 januari 2011 11:28
To: health at lists.laptop.org
Subject: [Health] McMaster Global Health and OLPC


Hello everyone,


My name is Michael Mak and I am a third year BHSc student, Global Health
Specialization at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. 


There is a growing interest from McMaster BHSc, Global Health Specialization
in purchasing XO laptops to use and distribute for different NGOs that
student join from the specialization.  With more attention driven to OLPC
after my trip to Canada's North and another student's Masters thesis on OLPC
in Ghana, my facilitator would like me to write a proposal to my assistant
dean to spend the necessary $25 000 to purchase 100 laptops for next year's
cohort.  Because that is quite a sum, I would love any help I can get in
providing a convincing argument on the importance of getting the XOs in
global health and development.  The health component and how the XO can be
used for health practices (such as education, or even for diagnostic and/or
electronic medical records) is an extremely vital one, especially since we
are a health science discipline.  


Here are some points that I will need help and more information on:


*	Why the XO should be purchased (for ex. Education, health, etc) 
*	How the XO can be used in a clinical/health care setting (very
important!) in a remote/rural environment 
*	Support for the XO laptop and training (training for the students
which I can help with) and technical support
*	Hopefully a long-term partnership with OLPC


Thanks so much everyone, I look forward to hearing your responses on the


Michael Mak

BHSc III, Global Health Specialization

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