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
Orange Botswana joins fight against EbolaOrange Botswana is inviting the people of Botswana to help fight against Ebola epidemic in every way possible. Read More
BTCL exhibits at Global ExpoThe Botswana Telecommunications Corporations Limited took time out from its IPO woes to exhibit at the just ended Botswana Global Expo, an annual event organised by the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC). Read More
Dr. Limkokwing is Creativity and Innovation AmbassadorThe founding president of Botswana’s only Innovation and Technology institution Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Worldwide, Tan Sri Dato Dr Limkokwing, has been appointed Malaysia’s Royal Ambassador for creativity and innovation, said the Regional Director of Corporate and Media Relations Mercy Thebe. Read More
BOCRA hosts Public Network Operators’ roadshowThe Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA), in collaboration with Internet Corporation for assigned names and Numbers (ICANN), has hosted a two day Domain Name System Security Extension (DNSSEC) Roadshow. Read More
Botswana women missing from ICTThere has been a rallying call for women in Botswana to consider a lifetime participation in the Information and Communication Technology if the sector is to realise any meaningful growth as well as a fair gender representation. Read More
Innovation Institute urged to cultivate competitivenessThe Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI) which was born out of the merger between the Rural Industries Promotion Company (Botswana) (RIPCO-B) and Botswana Technology Centre (BOTEC) has been urged to build entrepreneurship. Read More
BTCL IPO date reset againThe embattled BTCL IPO launch date has not seen the last of its changes yet. Read More
Botswana MPs seek multilingual newsThere is need to level the local broadcasting playing field by incorporating other minority languages if the information domain is to be relevant, says a local Member of Parliament. Read More
Botswana tops Africa Prosperity ReportBotswana tops the 2014 Africa Prosperity Report, as the continent enjoys unprecedented economic upturn, but Africa faces new challenges in gender gap and personal freedom. Read More
FEATURED STORYPWC: Optimism abounds but a bumpy journey ahead for some
PwC’s ‘Capital Projects & infrastructure in East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa,’ report says infrastructure spend in the region is projected to reach $180bn per annum by 2025.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAfrica lags on digital migration
Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.