[GKD] Using Wireless Technology for Health Care (Uganda)

2003-09-25 Thread Holly Ladd
Dear GKD Members,

We have discussed the important role that wireless technology can play
in expanding access, so I thought you might be particularly interested
in this project: New Use of Wireless Technology: A Giant Leap for Health
Care in Uganda

Holly Ladd
Satellife, Watertown, MA, USA
Tel: (617) 926-9400
Email: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Web: http://www.healthnet.org/index.php

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9/22/03

OTTAWA The launch of a nationwide, wireless network to improve Uganda's
ability to treat patients and combat the spread of disease was announced
today. The network is built around the countrys well-established cell
phone network, inexpensive handheld computers, and innovative wireless
servers called Jacks. The technology allows health care workers to
access and share critical information in remote facilities without fixed
telephone lines or regular access to electricity.

The announcement was made by Canadas International Development Research
Centre (IDRC), WideRay, a wireless technology company based in San
Francisco, and SATELLIFE, a non-profit organization focused on improving
health in developing countries. The network was announced in occasion of
the upcoming Emerging Technologies Conference to be held at MIT in
Boston, September 24-25, 2003.

The implementing partner in-country is Uganda Chartered HealthNet (UCH),
started in 1986, as a project of the Makerere University Medical School
in Mulago, to facilitate access to health information using information
and communication technology. Affiliated with SATELLIFE, UCH has a
mission to create access to health information and the tools for
management in a resource poor environment such as Uganda. With
technical, financial and material support from SATELLIFE, Makerere
Faculty of Medicine, UCH has explored a range of communication options
including LEO satellites, dial-up connection email/internet access, and
now the hand-held/Wide Ray communication boxes.

The WideRay Jack servers, which are about the size of a thick textbook
and use long lasting industrial-grade batteries -- a single charge lasts
up to a year -- are being installed in health care facilities across
Uganda. Health workers can link to the device using the infrared port on
their handheld computers to retrieve or submit information, and to
access email.

This is going to be a giant leap forward for Ugandan health care. It
could save thousands of lives and have significant benefits in health
outcomes for Uganda's citizens, said Holly Ladd, Executive Director of
SATELLIFE.

This project will provide health practitioners in the field with tools
that were previously unavailable or outdated. For example, users can now
access the latest treatment guidelines for tuberculosis and malaria and
learn of the most cost-effective approaches to fight HIV/AIDS, which
infects one in 10 adults in Uganda. They can also read the latest
medical journals and textbooks from around the world, in a digital form.

The technology should also improve health care administration by
reducing the time taken to submit, analyze and respond to reports and
requests for supplies.

Recognizing the potential of this technology for Uganda, Connectivity
Africa, a Canadian government initiative managed by IDRC and funded from
Canadas Fund for Africa, contributed $761,000 CAD to the development of
this information network.

The convergence of new technologies low-cost handhelds, broad and
reliable wireless coverage and WideRays innovative use of it have made
applications that once seemed impossible in Africa a reality, said
Richard Fuchs, Director of IDRCs Information and Communication
Technologies for Development (ICT4D) program area. This project will be
a powerful example to the rest of the world of what is possible with
wireless technology.

Canadas International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
worlds leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For more
than 30 years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers
from the developing world in their search for the means to build
healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies.

See backgrounder below for more information.

Information:

Diane Hardy, Media Relations Officer
IDRC, Ottawa, Canada
Cell (until Sept. 26 only): (613) 293-6588
Tel: (613) 236-6163, ext. 2570
Email: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Web: http://www.idrc.ca

Leslie Amadio
WideRay Corporation, San Francisco, CA, USA
Tel: (415) 975-3353 or 1-877-WIDERAY
Email: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Web: http://www.wideray.com

Holly Ladd
Satellife, Watertown, MA, USA
Tel: (617) 926-9400
Email: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Web: http://www.healthnet.org/index.php



BACKGROUNDER

Uganda, like many developing countries that lack the infrastructure
readily available in the developed world, is leapfrogging traditional
fixed-line communication networks and adopting mobile, cellular
technologies to provide communication links to remote locations. There
are 

[GKD] Microsoft Launches New Tech Training Program For Schools Worldwide

2003-09-25 Thread George (s) Lessard
EDTECH

MICROSOFT LAUNCHES NEW TECH TRAINING PROGRAM FOR SCHOOLS WORLDWIDE

Microsoft has launched a new program that will help train teachers and
students to integrate technology into the curriculum. The Partners in
Learning program will provide $250 million in cash grants, discounts on
Microsoft software for participating schools and free software to some
developing nations. It will also establish Microsoft IT Academy Centers,
which will provides services such as IT skills certification, teacher
professional development, curriculum and assessment tools, school-based
technology support and research. Microsoft will specifically target
disadvantaged primary and secondary schools. According to Microsoft,
India, Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, and Italy have already signed up for
the program. Although it seems most support is favorable, some critics
consider the program just another strategic business decision for
Microsoft. I can't believe Microsoft has anything but profit in mind as
it rolls out the Partners in Learning program, said Doug Otto,
superintendent of the Plano, Texas, Independent School District. If the
company was so intent on helping schools, it would have provided deep
discounts for school districts and also not been so Scrooge-like with
its licensing agreements.

SOURCE:eSchoolNews; AUTHOR: eSchoolNews staff and wire reports
http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=4646 
(requires free registration)


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[GKD] Digital Opportunity Channel Newsletter

2003-09-25 Thread Kanti Kumar
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[GKD] e-Conference on Implementing the Monterey Consensus

2003-09-25 Thread Lilly Evans
Dear all,

I am passing the invite without the attachment - please contact Mr. Can
Atacik at WBI [EMAIL PROTECTED] or Patricia Mccall at UN DESA
[EMAIL PROTECTED] for it and for being included!

Regards

Lilly Evans
Strategic Learning Web
UK
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Dear Invitees:

The Financing for Development Office of the United Nations Department of
Economic and Social Affairs and the Private Sector Development Program
of the World Bank Institute are organizing a two-week Global
e-Conference on Implementing the Monterrey Consensus: Governance Roles
of Public, Private and Advocacy Stakeholders from September 29 to
October 10, 2003.  The main objective of this online dialogue is to
provide an opportunity for participants from around the world to share
their expertise and ideas on the Monterrey Consensus and the
implementation process and to provide these views to the official
international community. That is, a summary of the e-conference will be
provided as an input to the first global follow up the International
Conference on Financing for Development held in Monterrey, Mexico in
2002.

The global follow up will take the form of a High-Level Dialogue (HLD)
on Financing for Development in the United Nations General Assembly New
York, 29 - 30 October 2003. The HLD includes a day of quadripartite
round tables (governments, international institutions, business and
civil society), and a day with an innovative open dialogue for all major
stakeholders in the General Assembly.  The HLD will be preceded by a
half-day consultation with civil society and half day consultation with
the private sector. After the Dialogue, governments will seek to agree
in the Assembly on new implementation steps to better realize the
promises of Monterrey.

The e-Conference is structured around two general topics.  Week 1 (Sept.
29-Oct. 3) will focus on the future of the Monterrey Consensus and the
progress that has been made thus far.  Week 2 (Oct. 6-10) will focus on
issues of global economic governance and the role of public, private and
advocacy stakeholders, including opportunities for public-private
partnerships.

We are pleased to invite you to participate in this e-conference. You
could read the messages posted in this e-conference, and if you have
expertise in a particular topic, we would encourage you to contribute to
the discussion. The detailed agenda is attached to this invitation.

Below please visit
http://www.worldbank.org/wbi/corpgov/csr/econferences/monterrey/ to
register for e-conference and to access the agenda, background readings
and short bios of the moderators.

Please feel free to contact Mr. Can Atacik at WBI
[EMAIL PROTECTED] or Patricia Mccall at UN DESA [EMAIL PROTECTED]
if you have any questions.


Barry Herman  Djordjija Petkoski
Chief, Policy Analysis and DevelopmentLead Specialist
Financing for Development Office  World Bank Institute
UN DESA

AGENDA:
(See attached file: Implementing the Monterrey
Consensus-E-Conference-Agenda.doc)





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