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Challenges and concerns

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This article follows on from several case studies presented on the Reproductive Health Outlook website. It draws together key issues based on a review of recent literature and project experiences. The main themes are around the significant financial, political, cultural and technological obstacles that affect the establishment of sustainable programmes, especially for computer-based ICTs. These obstacles have been identified as lack of affordability, lack of human capacity, lack of awareness of the benefits of ICT, lack of ability to use ICT proficiently, and lack of content suitable for local residents. ICTs that rely on access to the Internet need good-quality access to be truly useful

Telemedicine project in district village of Andhra Pradesh

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A report on a telemedicine project in the remote hamlet of Andhra Pradesh. Using ISDN and VSAT lines, the village was connected to hospitals in Hyderabad and Chennai, bringing tertiary care to the villagers and making key specialists available to them. Although not a financial success, the popularity of the project means that the organisers want to extend the scheme further


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The i4d website aims to reflect the role and relevance of ICT in various development sectors such as rural development, gender, governance, micro-finance, education, health, wireless communication, local content, culture and heritage, and more. It hosts a range of up-to-date and interactive features that supplement the news and features content of their printed magazine 'i4d', and also allows for user interaction via discussion forums, regular e-newsletters, letters to the editor, and other online activities

ICTD within the framework of the MDGs

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This webpage features a brief article exploring the connections between ICTs and development., particularly with regard to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Links to several useful reports on ICTs and the MDGs are also provided

CIDA's strategy on knowledge for development through information and communication technologies


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A report on the Canadian International Development Agency's strategy on Knowledge for Development through ICTs. The strategy is intended to ensure that local ownership is achieved through consultative processes involving government, civil society, and other groups within developing countries to decide how ICTs can best serve their country's economic and social development

Tecnologías de la información aplicadas a salud en zonas rurales de América Latina


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The objectives of the programme 'Enlace Hispano-Americano de Salud' are oriented to offer low-cost possibilities of communication and services of access to information for health personnel in the countryside of Latin America where conventional telephony is not widespread. The services are based on the exchange of information between colleagues, specialist consults and access to specialized documentation through facilitators. The technologies allow access to the Internet through radio systems and are based on the use of electronic mail

Telehealth North Network

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This website describes the telehealth network for an extensive region in the north of Canada - a less-developed region of an industrialised country. The site has considerable information about telehealth programmes and other related projects and also provides multimedia clips from some of the featured enterprises

Information society : emergent technologies and development communities in the South

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This website contains Information Society Research Group/ DFID research project reports on ICT and telecommunications use in Ghana, South Africa, Jamaica and India. These reports analyse ICT usage and impact on development opportunities in urban and rural sites. The reports discuss the impact of ICTs on health and welfare, civil society, education, gender equity and livelihood/economy in these environments

iConnect Online

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The iConnect website provides case stories, news and critical articles which discuss issues in ICTs for development. It seeks to promote exchange of experiences and knowledge on the use of information and communication technologies for development. Partly funded by the Building Communication Opportunities (BCO) initiative, iConnect draws content from its partners, links resources and expertise and encourages collaboration. Searching for the term 'health' in the search box retrieves over 200 resources. These range from short reports to project briefings, case studies and online discussions

Health e communication


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The Communication Initiative (CI) website provides information on communication and development experiences and thinking, facilitating horizontal linkages between people engaged in communication action, peer commentary on programmes and strategies and taking opportunities to promote strategic thinking on communication and development issues and problems. The health window provides a point of entry themed on health communication. The 'evaluation' section of the health window signposts to useful examples and case studies of evaluation

Information technology [chapter 16] | Reaching out


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This chapter outlines WHO's internal strategy for improved knowledge management in the Asian region in response to the SARS and Avian Influenza emergencies; with ICT aiding staff to work together to share knowledge, experience, systems and infrastructure. In the countries where WHO has offices, the information and communications technology (ICT) environments vary considerably, which can make it difficult to ensure all WHO staff have the same level of access to the information and services they need. Focuses on health mapping using GIS technology, and health information systems in China

The World Bank and disability


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The World Bank's disability website provides links to information about its disability related activities. It includes online documents produced by the World Bank and other key international agencies, classified under a range of topics including education, community-based rehabilitation, disability and conflict, disability and HIV/AIDS, gender, rural development, etc. It contains links to related websites, including UNESCO's inclusive education programme, the World Health Organization's social change and mental health programme.

Disability awareness in action (DAA)


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DAA is an international human rights network run for and by disabled people. The website is used to pass on information and news to disabled people and organisations. There are links to further information about disability that is available on the Internet, as well as to DAA's resource kits (some are available online) and reports, and the contact details of other disability organisations

Research to policy

MCMASTER UNIVERSITY. Program in Policy Decision-Making

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The aims of this website are: to improve the understanding of the public policy decision-making process, including the different ways in which public policy decisions and decision making contexts can be categorized; to improve the understanding of the factors that influence policy decision-making, including ideas (research knowledge, other types of information and values), interests, and institutions; and to derive concrete implications for research funders, research organisations, knowledge brokers, and policy decision-makers about how best to transfer and facilitate the uptake of research knowledge in policy decision-making environments. The site's "What we've learned" section is divided into seperate parts for research funders, for research organisations, for knowledge brokers and for policy decision-makers

China HIV/AIDS information network (CHAIN)


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China HIV/AIDS Information Network (CHAIN) hosts an extensive website which provides an online gateway to CHAIN's resources. The web-based search engine allows users to search for materials in either electronic form or access a summary of materials unavailable electronically. CHAIN is currently expanding its online, searchable Chinese database which will allow individuals from all sectors of Chinese society to search and access CHAIN's extensive online database and download materials, or order them from the CHAIN resource centre online

Open Source Initiative OSI


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Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit organisation that promotes open source software. Even if source code of software is disclosed, it is not considered open source unless the software is provided with a software license which fulfils the Open Source Definition established by OSI. This website contains the Open Source Definition, list of OSI approved licenses, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on open source software, and other information on OSI

MySQL database products


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MySQL is one of the most popular open source Database Management Systems (DBMS). DBMS enables efficient management of a large amount data, and some application software (such as some CMS) utilises the ability to manage the data. Although it requires some special knowledge, you can create your own database using DBMS. The website provides download links and detailed documentation which includes instruction on installation and operation

LASA Knowledgebase : open source software


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This website offers understandable information on software licenses and the usefulness of open source software in practice. The articles help readers to consider the benefits, potential risks and difficulties of using open source software. Operating systems (Linux distributions) and OpenOffice (office suite compatible with Microsoft Office) are included in the discussion

UNDP-APDIP international open source network


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IOSN is a Centre of Excellence for Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in the Asia-Pacific Region, established to facilitate and network FOSS advocates in the region. The website provides useful information on FOSS, especially for governments and education institutions. The contents include an introduction to FOSS, developing-country specific issues and FOSS for education, government or network infrastructure. Training materials, other useful resources and links are also available at the website