Mobile technology brings health solutions
BOTSWANA| July 15, 2012, 10:35 a.m.
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
After realising that not only government has the prerogative of keeping the health of its citizens in check, Mascom Wireless in Botswana has stepped in to fill the gap through mobile technology solutions.
Mascom CEO Jose Couceiro told delegates that had gathered to witness the official opening for its Innovation Centre that “Mascom strongly believes that access to quality healthcare should not be compromised by distances from urban and better facilities.”
He added: “Through our Mobile Health (m-Health) initiative, we contribute to Botswana’s Vision of “A Healthy Nation”. We are in collaboration with an NGO called Positive Innovation for the Next Generation (PING).”
According to the Mascom chief, PING runs cell-phone based health projects and mentors local youth in IT. Mascom and PING share the goal of supporting Botswana by strengthening the health care system.
Mascom and PING have partnered to deliver projects of national significance including the Kgakololo Project, the Disease Surveillance and Mapping Project, Lab Test Results Project and Safe Male Circumcision initiative.
The Disease Surveillance and Mapping Project is a Malaria Project, which was piloted with 16 medical facilities in the Chobe District. This project is of national importance and has received international recognition.
MORE BOTSWANA NEWS
Deaftronics and EmPowered nominated for Tech-I competitionThe Botswana Innovation Hub has announced the nomination of two technology entrepreneurship start-up companies, Deaftronics and EmPowered as semi-finalists in the Technology Idea (Tech-1) 2015 competition. Read More
BTV runs pilot ahead of switchoverBotswana Television, through the Department of Broadcasting Services, will run a pilot test for Botswana Television’s digital readiness ahead of its June 17 switchover. Read More
BIUST to bring Science and Technology CircusThe Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) is pushing the technology envelope further by inviting Africa Science Circus to bring its science and technology exhibition to Botswana. Read More
Botswana prepares for World Telecommunications Day commemorationsPlans are already at an advanced stage for this year commemoration of the 2015 World Telecommunication and Information Society (WTIS) day. Read More
Stanbic Botswana launches Instant Money cash transferStanbic Bank Botswana has launched a new service offering in the form of cardless ‘Instant Money.’ Read More
Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge premiere in BotswanaSamsung Electronics announced its entirely redefined smartphones in Botswana, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Read More
Botswana Academy of Sciences in formative stagesStakeholders in Botswana's ciences fraternity are mooting the formation of an institution that would represent their cause. Read More
New youth ICT programme from BITRIThe Botswana government, through its relevant institutions, has come up with a new youth associate ICT programme. Read More
Stanbic launches real time payments for electricity and DStvStanbic Bank Botswana has announced the introduction of state of the art, real-time electronic payments for Prepaid Electricity and DStv Subscription through its cellphone Banking and Internet Banking Channels. Read More
BNPC releases Global Information Technology Report 2015The Botswana National Productivity Centre (BNPC) in partnership with Ministry of Transport and Communications and its related public institutions, has released the 2015 Global Information Technology Report (GITR). Read More
FEATURED STORYThe transformative power of affordable smartphones and unlimited data in Ghana
Smartphones are helping transform their lives of ordinary people in Ghana, Reports Nana Appiah Acquaye.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHNIMC infrastructure must be managed by credible people: NIMC chief
NIMC’s chief speaks to Kokumo Goodie about the role of the NIMC and his own legacy.