• Countries (58)
  • Ethiopia

    Ethiopia has very few eHealth service initiatives.

    Telecommunications are in the hands of a Government-owned monopoly widely regarded as inefficient; nevertheless, many tech entrepreneurs have been encouraged by rapid economic growth. Despite the low Internet penetration rates, Ethiopia has been the scene of many internationally important eLearning projects.

    ”Brain drain” has been a significant problem for Ethiopia for some time – a 2000 study found that Ethiopia was losing up to 75% of its skilled workforce to emigration. Only one doctor remains in the country for every 30,000 people. 

    The patients' appointment booking system is set to expand. IBM has a Watson initiative in the country.

    Ethiopia participates in the Réseau en Afrique Francophone pour la Télémédecine (RAFT) initiative.

    The country has initiatives with IntraHealth, as posted on eHNA.

    The International Institute for Communication’s (IICD) and  Africa eHealth Solutions’ (AeHS) AfyaPro Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) is used in the country. An eHNA post summarise its plans for a new business model.

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  • Gabon

    Under the Gabon Emergent strategic plan, launched in 2009, ICT has been getting a boost. With technical and financial assistance from the World Bank, Gabon has invested roughly US$110 million in infrastructure to extend the broadband network coverage and reduce costs.

    GabonTelecom and Airtel continue to see rapid growth, with 3G services soon to be available. In addition, the Government plans to connect Gabon to the Central African high-speed fibreoptic network by 2015.

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  • Gambia, The

    The Gambia is proud of its digital advancements. The country has hopes to evolve into the Continent’s ICT hub in the next three to five years.

    In 2012, The Gambia connected to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine fibre-optic cable system, which helped boost Internet connectivity. Gambian infrastructure projects aim to connect the nation better, support ICT entrepreneurs and foster business opportunities.

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  • Ghana

    Ghana was the first African nation to declare independence from European colonisation in 1957, and is today one of the continent’s most stable and developed countries.

    Despite modest growth over the past two years, the economy is set to strengthen in 2016 with the commencement of gas production and the exploration of new oil fields.

    From around 2003, there has been a strong emphasis on the development and implementation of ICTs in education. Among the objectives outlined in the ICT for Accelerated Development (ICT4AD) policy, computers were to be introduced into all primary, secondary, vocational and technical schools and ICT education was to be streamlined through the development of an ICT curriculum.

    The Government has been working to improve ICT infrastructure across the country. Bandwidth prices have reduced tenfold since 2007, and the Eastern Corridor Fibre Optic Broadband Infrastructure Project, which commenced in 2013, is expected to create faster and more reliable broadband and bridge the digital divide between urban and rural communities. eCommerce and mobile payments are also being embraced.

    eHealth is present in Ghana in numerous initiatives of varying sizese.

    Publications on eHealth include:

    ICT for Accelerated Development (ICT4AD) Policy

    Proposals for Ghana eHealth Strategy

    Health Sector’s ICT Policy and Strategy

    eHealth plan 2007-2011

    Ghana E-health strategy 2010.

    Ghana’s 2010 eHealth strategy aims to “streamline the regulatory framework for health data and information management, build sector capacity for wider application of e-health solutions in the health sector, increase access and bridging equity gap in the health sector through the use of ICT and develop strategies towards paperless records and reporting systems”.

    Progress includes:

    Capacity building Msc in Health Informatics Certificate and Diploma in Health Informatics eLearning project in all Health training institution mHealth initiatives Sene smart phone project MoTeCH MVP Project SMS for life EWS Fio-GHS RDT smart reader Health Management Information Systems LMIS HIS iHost (GHS) NHIA – eClaims, eRegister and DHIMS2.

    Ghana is a member of Réseau en Afrique Francophone pour la Télémédecine (RAFT).

    The International Institute for Communication’s (IICD) and  Africa eHealth Solutions’ (AeHS) AfyaPro Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) is used in the country. An eHNA post summarise its plans for a new business model.

    The Vodafone Ghana Foundation is collaborating with Ghana Health Services (GHS) and Vantage Medical Solutions, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), for an Ebola health worker to health worker call service. 

    The Safe Delivery App has been developed by Danish development organization Maternity Foundation,  and is being tested in Ghana, to support health workers in developing countries who deal with pregnancy and births.

    The country has initiatives with IntraHealth, as posted on eHNA.

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  • Guinea

    Guinea participates in a number of regional eHealth initiatives. However, we have not been able to validate the extent of the involvement and the local eHealth regulatory environment appears lean.

    Political commitment expressed by officials from the Ministry of Health and government in general is an asset to develop eHealth Guinea.

    In 1998 the Ministry Health and Public Hygiene appointed a person responsible for eHealth. Since then, lack of funding and the many changes in the head of the Ministry of Health and Government are important factors that have slowed progress.

    Guinea is a member of Réseau en Afrique Francophone pour la Télémédecine (RAFT).

     Maseno University. It says its third year medical students benefit from the 53 android tablets, called the connecTAB, An eHNA post describes the project

     

     

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  • Guinea Bissau

    Guinea Bissau participates in a number of regional eHealth initiatives. 

    Not much ICT progress was made in the relatively stable period before the coup, from mid-2009 to 2012. Due to the turbulent political situation in the country, progress is not expected to resume until the nation can redevelop its economy and reinstitute governance. The country’s lack of Internet access is strongly demonstrated by the fact that currently under 3% of people use the Internet, one of the lowest rates of usage in sub-Saharan Africa.

    In 2010, only 39% of the population had mobile phones and currently there is no 3G available. To reach a good standard of ICT, the next Government will need significantly to invest in terrestrial fibre, 3G infrastructure and electricity, as both ACE and WACS bypass the country and no other undersea fibre-optic cable connection is expected in the near future

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  • India

    eHealth India website provides an overview of Indian eHealth initiatives. It provides information about various e-Gov initiatives underway in Health to help improve health outcomes through better:

     access quality affordability lowering of disease burden efficient monitoring of health entitlements to citizens.

    The work includes that all medical facilities's data be available all time from any part of the world through Web services, mobile services, SMS or Call center services. Include in this are Online medical consultation, Online medical records, Online medicine supply management and Pan-India exchange for patient information.

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  • Kenya

    Kenya has been implementing important health sector reform measures, and health system strengthening has become a priority. The Division of Health Information Systems (HIS) has recognized the need to improve the use of ICT in health. Kenya also has a number of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems being adopted across the country to improve medical record management, health program management, and the quality of patient care.

    Kenya’s Ministry of Health (MOH) in partnership with Merck, a global provider of innovative and quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials, launched the first eDiagnostic and consultation clinics in Kenya. See the eHNA post for more.

    In order to develop standards that will ensure quality of software, compatibility of data sharing, ease of maintenance and common understanding among the workforce Kenya adopted the Standards and guidelines for electronic medical records system in 2010. This policy is the first of its kind in Africa. Kenya is also one of the first countries in Africa to publilsh a National eHealth Strategy, which guides its actions from 2011-2017. In 2015, it joined the EAC’s eHealth collaborative, leading on urology.

    In Kenya pharmaceutical conterfeiting can reach up to 30%. Orange telecom has joined forces with a local NGO to launch a service enabling the verification of medication. It uses the Smear Health, iAfya.and Zidi. Gertrude's Children's Hospital, Nairobi has an EHR. eLearning for nurses is in place.

    The Kenyan Ministry of Health (MOH) is piloting an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system in Machakos County. The new system is designed to help health workers by streamlining access to patient records. An eHNA post has more details.

    Kenya uses MEDITECH's EHR. An eHNA post has more.

    Kenya is a member of Réseau en Afrique Francophone pour la Télémédecine (RAFT). IBM has a Watson initiative in the country. Orange plans to provide 4G by 2018.

    It's mHealth services include SMSs for health workers dealing with malaira and as part of the WelTel service. Totohealth in Kenya won the 2015 Innovation Awards and Connected East Africa. eHNA says Airtel Kenya has partnered with Medanta Africare to launch a new mHealth service that will allow customers access to quality health advice from doctors through their mobile phones by calling 1525 at normal calling rates.

    The Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) in Kisumu County, western Kenya uses SNOMED for its 7,000 HIV patients.

    Bharti Airtel has partnered with Fountain Africa Trust to launch a mHealth community midwives program to support expectant women, new mothers and newborns in Bungoma County, Kenya. See the eHNA post for more.

    The International Institute for Communication’s (IICD) and  Africa eHealth Solutions’ (AeHS) AfyaPro Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) is used in the country. An eHNA post summarise its plans for a new business model.

    Kenya has developed an eLearning programme for nurses and a Nursing Manpower Information System.

    The country has initiatives with IntraHealth, as posted on eHNA.

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  • Lesotho

    Lesotho has numerous eHealth service initiatives

    The National ICT Policy was published in 2005. Lesotho is also involved in the New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) e-schools project, which aims to integrate ICT into the curriculum and provide access to necessary technology.

    Lesotho has a common database for its health data.

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  • Liberia

    Liberia has a few eHealth service initiatives available in the country. In 2009 the Government released the National ICT Policy and developed a plan called “E-Liberia: Vision 2010”, which was aimed at promoting the Liberian telecommunications infrastructure and markets to support education, economic and social development. 

    The Ebola Care App is deployed in Monrovia, Liberia by non-profit organisation, More Than Me. 

    Liberia is a member of Réseau en Afrique Francophone pour la Télémédecine (RAFT).

    A health worker has provided mobile phones to town chiefs along the Liberian-Guinean border to help report any new case of Ebola. An eHNA post has more.

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