Re: [GKD] South Asian Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster

2004-12-30 Thread Holly Ladd
Health workers and others involved in relief efforts will find links to
treatment guidelines and other medical and public health references for
the prevention and treatment of diseases prevalent in the aftermath of
floods and other disasters on our website We will
continue to update this reference list and invite your suggestions for
content. Those without web access may request a copy of any document
listed on our site by sending an email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] and we
will respond as quickly as we can.

Please pass this message on to your contacts in the affected region who
are able to receive email.


Holly Ladd
Executive Director

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Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Improving Access Via Mobile Telephony

2003-11-25 Thread Holly Ladd
On the topic of using GSM networks for more than voice, our project in
Uganda is now underway. This is a pilot combining the GSM service with
handheld computers and an access point that will allow us to create a
store and forward data network for health workers. For more information

Obviously, it remains important to stay open to all possibilities - but
to keep the focus on content. What we are communicating will dictate the
most effective means. Something might be urgent and be best communicated
by a phone call. It might be a short statement best served by an SMS
message. Perhaps it is a longer document with less urgency - in which
case we can use a store and forward system like that we are using in
Uganda to consolidate the traffic from many users in one phone to a
central server call during a non-peak periods. In designing such systems
it is important to focus on integration and on open source solutions
where possible so that we don't end up with multiple incompatible and
expensive systems.

Holly Ladd
Executive Director

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[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


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

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.


Diane Hardy, Media Relations Officer
IDRC, Ottawa, Canada
Cell (until Sept. 26 only): (613) 293-6588
Tel: (613) 236-6163, ext. 2570

Leslie Amadio
WideRay Corporation, San Francisco, CA, USA
Tel: (415) 975-3353 or 1-877-WIDERAY

Holly Ladd
Satellife, Watertown, MA, USA
Tel: (617) 926-9400


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