Nairobi to host eHealth conference
GOVERNMENTBy BiztechAfrica - Nov. 22, 2011, 12:18 p.m.
By Carole Kimutai , Nairobi, Kenya
AFRIHEALTH, the annual Healthcare conference on policy, technology and issues relating to continental access to healthcare, will be held in Nairobi on 30 November, the organisers, AITEC Africa and the United Nations University, have confirmed.
The conference puts together top players in Africa’s Healthcare and matches them with world experts in eHealth, mHealth and healthcare information management systems. Discussions will focus on the application of ICT in health care.
Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Kenya’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication, and Dr. Katherine Getao, Head of eGovernment at the Office of the President, are among senior Kenyan government officials expected to make key presentations in support of ICT in Healthcare.
Sustained efforts by the Ministry of Information and Communication towards improvement of national communication infrastructure and access to ICTs have yet again won Nairobi the prestigious title of host city for the conference, which attracts international VIPs, including Professor Yunkap Kwankam, Executive Director, International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH) based in Switzerland, Professor Maurice Mars, Head, Department of Telehealth, University of KwaZulu-Natal & President, South African Telemedicine Association and Rainer Herzog, Head of Strategy & Business, Development mHealth and eHealth, Ericsson, Germany, among others.
“The line-up of speakers reads like a who’s who of African and global health informatics. It is good that Health Management systems, made it to be a focus- due to the immense benefits they deliver to healthcare, but even more important is that speakers dialogue aim for a more integrated approach in healthcare delivery at national and local levels,” said Sean Moroney, Chairman of AITEC Africa.
Kenya’s Ministry of Health, major referral and private hospitals are among participants at the conference.
During the conference, the United Nations University will hold a workshop that will champion the role of Open Source healthcare information systems, lauded as an inexpensive solution for the improvement of healthcare in Africa.
Speakers at the conference include Dr. Shariq Khoja, Director AKDN eHealth Resource Centre, Aga Khan University, Kenya, who will speak on Tele-Health services and Derebe Tadesse, Quality Improvement Manager, ABT Associates, Ethiopia- with his focus on use of mobile phones in health data.
Other international speakers at the conference include Dr Peter Drury, Director, Health and Development, Emerging Markets, Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco, UK; Frank Lievens, Board Member & Secretary of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth, Belgium, Ken Nwosu, eHealth Ontario & McMaster University MSc eHealth Programme, Canada and Dr Adesina Iluyemi, eHealth Consultant to the Commonwealth Secretariat in the UK.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
Wireless spectrum debate heads to AfricaThe Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) will hold the world’s largest conference on wireless spectrum sharing in Accra, Ghana, in May. Read More
Commonwealth ICT Ministers agree on Cybergovernance ModelICT ministers and advisors from 35 Commonwealth countries have adopted a Commonwealth Cybergovernance Model to guide national policy development of their national cyberspace. Read More
PS of MYICT: ICT a vital utility in RwandaRwanda’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and ICT, Rosemary Mbabazi, has urged citizens to embrace ICT, pointing out that it is as vital as water and electricity. Read More
Lagos, Microsoft, firm up MoU on e-governmentThe Governor of Lagos State and the President of Microsoft International have firmed up the MoU they entered into last year over e-governance and other initiatives. Read More
US firm looks to construct Ghana solar parksUS-based International Solar Utilities (ISU) is conducting feasibility studies for the construction of solar parks that would add 600 megawatts of power to Ghana's electricity grid. Read More
Ghana steps up moves towards better statisticsGhana's Parliament has approved an agreement between the government and the International Development Association (IDA) for a $30-million loan and a $10-million grant to finance the Ghana Statistics Development Project. Read More
Rwanda collaborates with Facebook to boost social educationFacebook has introduced SocialEDU, a pilot initiative that will provide students in Rwanda with free access to a collaborative online education experience. Read More
Governments urged to boost Africa’s presence on the webAn appeal has been made to African governments to help boost the continent's presence on the worldwide web by submitting lists of important names for inclusion in the dotAfrica Reserved Names List (RNL) process. Read More
Rwandan President launches national ID cards as regional travel documentsRwandan President Paul Kagame has travelled to Uganda using his National ID card, officially marking the launch of an integrated system allowing National IDs, voter and student cards to be used as travel documents in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Read More
Rwanda introduces mandatory online business registrationThe Rwanda Development Board, through the Office of the Registrar General, has commenced mandatory online registration for all new businesses in Kigali. Read More
FEATURED STORYMACRA demystifies spectrum management
Malawi's regulator explains the issues around spectrum allocation. Gregory Gondwe reports.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHYouthConnekt launches Mobile Apps for Human Development Challenge in Rwanda
Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT and the UNDP, in close collaboration with Motorola Solutions, will power a Mobile App Challenge that will be implemented by YouthConnekt.