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Evaluation of the feasibility and acceptability of the ‘Care for Stroke’ intervention in India, a smartphone-enabled, carer-supported, educational intervention for management of disability following stroke

SURESHKUMAR, K
MURTHY, G V S
NATARAJAN, S
GOENKA, S
KUPER, H
February 2016

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This study aimed to identify operational issues encountered by study participants in using the ‘Care for Stroke’ intervention and to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention. ‘Care for Stroke’ is a smartphone-enabled, educational intervention for management of physical disabilities following stroke. It is delivered through a web-based, smartphone enabled application (app). It includes inputs from stroke rehabilitation experts in a digitised format. Sixty stroke survivors discharged from hospital in Chennai, South India, and their caregivers participated in the study. The preliminary intervention was field-tested with 30 stroke survivors for 2 weeks. The finalised intervention was provided to a further 30 stroke survivors to be used in their homes with support from their carers for 4 weeks. Field-testing identified operational difficulties related to connectivity, video-streaming, picture clarity, quality of videos, and functionality of the application. Assessment was carried out by direct observation and short interview questionnaires. 

 

 

Information and communications for development 2012 : maximizing mobile

THE WORLD BANK
2012

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"This report analyzes the growth and evolution of applications for mobile phones, focusing on their use in agriculture, health and financial services, as well as their impact on employment and government. It also explores the consequences for development of the emerging "app economy", summarizing current thinking and seeking to inform the debate on the use of mobile phones for development. It’s no longer about the phone itself, but about how it is used, and the content and applications that mobile phones open"

Change at hand : web 2.0 for development

ASHLEY, Holly
et al
June 2009

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There are dozens of emerging interactive web services and applications, sometimes referred to as the ‘participatory’, ‘social’ or ‘readwrite’ web, but more commonly known as Web 2.0. Together, they are radically changing the ways we create, share, collaborate and publish digital information through the Internet. These new technical opportunities bring challenges as well as opportunities that we need to understand and grasp. Most of the themed articles are based on presentations made at the the international Web2forDev conference, 25-27 September 2007 at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy

How to accelerate your Internet : a practical guide to bandwidth management and optimisation using open source software

FLICKENGER, R
Ed
October 2006

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Information and communications technologies and the Internet have become critical components of development policies and practices. The speed of the Internet, however, is also the measure of a growing disparity between developed and developing countries. This publication provides practical tips, optimisation techniques and guidance on how to gain the largest benefits from network connections, with a particular focus on use of Internet in developing countries. Chapters cover a comprehensive range of issues, from policy development to monitoring and analysis, implementation of basic techniques, and general good practices. Include case studies, resources and glossary

The GNU operating system

FREE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION
December 2005

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GNU Project has been developing a number of high quality free software programs, and they are distributed under OSI-approved license called GNU General Public License (GPL), which is the most widely used license for free / open source software. This webpage provides basic information on GNU, including the history and philosophy

ICTs for poverty alleviation : basic tool and enabling sector

GREENBERG, Alan
November 2005

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This report acknowledges the crucial role that information and communication technologies play in the fight to reduce poverty. It focuses in particular on the impact that "older" technologies such as radio and telephone can have in addressing poor communities' problems. The study investigates the linkages between ICTs and four key areas: education, livelihoods, healthcare and government. It reports on pilot studies which have shown that use of technologies can help reduce child mortality and maternal mortality by nearly 50 per cent. It suggests that ICTs can enable people's empowerment and ultimately strengthen human rights

ICTs : information and communication technologies for the poor

TORERO, Maximo
VON BRAUN, Joachim
November 2005

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This 'issue brief' describes the proliferation of electronically communicated information, which has accelerated economic and social change across all areas of human activity worldwide. It observes that the rapid growth of ICTs in developing countries is partly a result of very low initial access, and therefore in absolute terms developing countries are still well behind the developed world in access to ICTs. It concludes that ICTs offer an opportunity for development, but not a panacea. For the potential benefits of ICTs to be realized in developing countries, many prerequisites need to be put in place: prompt deregulation, effective competition among service providers, free movement and adoption of technologies, targeted and competitive subsidies to reduce the access gap, and institutional arrangements to increase the use of ICTs in the provision of public goods. The paper advocates for the importance of all three "Cs": connectivity, capability to use the new tools, and relevant content provided in accessible and useful forms

Handhelds for health : SATELLIFE’S experiences in Africa and Asia

SATELLIFE
July 2005

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This report describes the SATELLIFE experience in implementing handheld computer projects to support health-care providers and institutions in a dozen countries in Asia and Africa. It captures SATELLIFE's experience and lessons learned as a 16-year veteran of using ICTs for health and an early adopter of handheld computers in low-resource environments. It also provide some pointers to other organisations that may benefit from their knowledge and experience, to optimize their own use of ICT in general or handhelds in particular

Development policy guidelines for ICT and the information society

MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF FINLAND
March 2005

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These guidelines are designed to help development cooperation activities achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals, through greater accessibility to information and communication technology, and the creation of information societies in developing countries. The document calls for the mainstreaming of ICT into almost all sectors of development policy. The creation of a sustainable information society, it is argued, rests on the development of four complementary areas: political strategies and regulatory framework; information and knowledge; knowledge economy; infrastructure and availability of ICT. Several examples are used to support the claims

Making the difference : information and communication technologies as key enablers for equitable and sustainable development

GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE PARTNERSHIP (GKP)
2005

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This booklet provides an analysis of the role of ICT in development and poverty alleviation strategies. Information and communication technologies support participation of non-state actors, promote good governance, transparency and efficiency and allow knowledge sharing and aid effectiveness through harmonization of aid projects

Impact and evaluation of ICTs in health

SOURCE INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION SUPPORT CENTRE
2005

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This Key list highlights essential information resources on impact and evaluation of information and communication technologies in health. Impact data for ICTs in development, and in ICTs in health specifically, is still a major challenge. There is a growing body of documentation about case studies and pilot projects, but a distinct lack of macro analysis that shows impact. Impact is closely related to monitoring and evaluation; the development of evaluation methodologies for ICTs in development and in health is a small field with only a few documents, but the area is receiving increased attention

Strategic thinking on ICT and health

SOURCE INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION SUPPORT CENTRE
2005

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This is a key list of essential information resources on strategic thinking on ICT and health. Strategic thinking about ICTs in health is developing as an extension of strategic thinking about ICTs in development. Donor support for ICTs in development (ICT4D), and increasingly on mainstreaming ICTs within development activity, is documented in a number of key policy documents. Some donors have also developed information platforms for advocating ICT4D internally and externally, these often present strategic thinking as well as case studies. Key analytical documents commissioned by donor organisations also provide valuable policy guidance

The use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in African public library services

ROSENBURG, Diana
July 2004

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This article concerns the use of computers in public libraries in developing countries. To investigate the current level of use of ICTs and plans for the future within the public library environment, a survey was undertaken of 22 public library services in ten English-speaking African countries. The results indicate great disparities in the level of access to computers between the countries, and within country, and indicate a need for more funding and appropriate training

América Latina Puntogob : casos y tendencias en gobierno electrónico|[America Latina Puntogob : cases and trends in e-government]

ARAYA DUJISIN, Rodrigo
PORRÚA VIGÓN, Miguel A
Eds
May 2004

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Through the lenses of several perspectives and emphasing different aspects, this book offers an overview of Latin America's integration into the information society, with a particular focus on electronic government. The chapters included in this book document the developments that are taking place in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and Venezuela

Empowering youth and connecting schools : lessons from the SchoolNet Namibia approach

BALLANTYNE, Peter
February 2004

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Schools in developing countries are beginning to get computers and access to the Internet. This article draws on the SchoolNet Namibia approach and its achievements. It suggests that programmes like this should give priority to the provision of affordable access using open platforms, pay attention to longer term cost of ownership issues, leverage change through partnerships, work closely with governments, involve school principals and teachers, and seek to ensure that necessary capacities are developed in schools themselves

Tecnologías de la información y comunicaciones

MONTEAGUDO Peña, José Luis
2004

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Information and communication technologies are essential to support professional research activities in biomedicine and health. Their adoption and use is linked to efficiency and competitiveness. After needs analysis, ICTs applications whose use is recommended, are identified. Needs refer to activities linked to the execution of research projects but also to teaching, continuous training and professional development. Based on that, it is proposed a formative programme structure with different competence levels and with a combination of horizontal common general skills and vertical specialization areas. Finally, it is highlighted that new technologies facilitate new instruments but also they represent new working cultures and present new ethical and legal dilemmas to the researchers that would need to be educated in new working environments

Leapfrog technologies : hand-held computers and mobile phones

PARSLEY, Sally
LONG, Maurice
2004

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This is a report of the Health Information Forum meeting looking at leapfrog technologies. Wireless, satellite and hand-held systems have the potential to leapfrog information and communication into the next age. The presentations and discussions were based around the question of whether these technologies could meet the information needs of healthcare providers in developing countries. Four presentations were made: "Mobile phones and medical television in developing countries"; "ICTs for health information in rural Latin America"; "Leapfrog technologies : a revolution in continuing medical education?"; and "Leapfrog technologies: lessons learned and future prospects". The report includes links to the PowerPoint presentations that were made at the meeting

ICT for development case studies : Central America|Estudios de caso TIC para el desarrollo

OP DE COUL, Maartje
December 2003

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The BDO programme aims to address key barriers and opportunites for ICTs in achieving development targets. As part of the BDO programme a series of case studies have been conducted by OneWorld International to help give decision makers a clear understanding of how civil society is actually using information and communication technologies, and what their impact is. The Central America case studies look at a technoclub for young people, a feminist radio station and a cultural video production project in Costa Rica; and a website for agricultural workers, telecentre and internet portal on deomcratisation, an anti-corruption project, and a project focusing on human rights of homosexuals in El Salvador

Mainstreaming e-development : interview with Nagy Hanna

December 2003

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The World Bank is currently testing an e-Development framework which moves beyond the incorporation of ICT segments in sector-specific projects (important as that is) towards e-development projects that achieve synergies by co-ordinated ICT investments in a number of sectors. Nagy Hanna, Senior Advisor of e-Development at the World Bank, in an interview with Development Gateway editors, describes the e-Development approach and relates it to WSIS and to the MDGs

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