Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Accra Technology Salon to discuss how ICT’s can support better Public Health Services in Ghana

To gauge the status of ICTs use in Ghana’s Public health delivery system, Penplusbytes will on Tuesday May 30, 2017, host the 15th Accra Tech Salon to discuss the topic; “How Can ICTs support better Public Health Services in Ghana  at the New Media Hub in Osu, Ako-Adjei.

Led by our key thought leaders; Seth Afagbedzi, Lecturer, School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Ernest Gavor, CEO of 233apps, developers of Moja App and Sam Quarshie, head of ICT Ghana Health Service, the 2 hour educative and interactive roundtable is expected to bring together Public Health Professionals, Technologists and developers with the needed insight to delve into the status of ICTs application in public health services delivery.

The availability of new technology tools is transforming the delivery of health services across the globe. In Ghana, the emergence of mobile health systems, electronic data management, and electronic healthcare medicine is affecting learning and research, administration and surveillance, and even health service delivery.

Through the development of databases and other applications, ICTs also providing the capacity for improving health system efficiencies, and preventing medical errors. This notwithstanding, few health professionals and clinics are accessing the opportunities offered by technology in public health administration and delivery.

Kwami Ahiabenu, II, Executive Director of Penplusbytes, said the Technology Salon will explore exactly how new digital technologies can enhance public health care services. To do this, “the Tech Salon will offer a platform for key stakeholders to discuss practical ideas and innovations which are being applied currently as well the other tech interventions that could be leveraged to serve as a catalyst for improved health services in Ghana,” he added.

Discussions will explore issues such as what Health Information Systems technologies are presently available, what the prospects of mobile health technologies in Ghana’s Public health services delivery system are and what the challenges to improving access to and management of health information in Ghana are. Participants will also deliberate on what health portals and ICT-based tools could assist in disease prevention, treatment and health monitoring as well as offer answers to how Ghana can achieve a complete healthcare reform with ICT.

Please RSVP now to join your health, technology and development peers for the Accra Technology Salon.


About
Penplusbytes is a not-for-profit organization driving change through innovations in three key areas: using new digital technologies to enable good governance and accountability, new media and innovations, and driving oversight for effective utilisation of mining, oil and gas revenue and resources.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Deutsche Welle demands the immediate release of their correspondent in DR Congo


DW-correspondent Antéditeste Niragira has been imprisoned in the Democratic Republic of Congo since Wednesday (17 May 2017).

Niragira wanted to file a report for DW about the desolate conditions of Burundian refugees in a camp near the town of Kavimvira in the DR Congo.

Our correspondent was arrested by members of the Congolese intelligence service (ANR) in the refugee camp and transferred to a prison in the town of Uvira. Meanwhile, a lawyer commissioned by DW was able to ascertain the physical integrity of our correspondent.

Congolese authorities are refusing to provide further information about the accusation of espionage against our correspondent.

„The accusation that our correspondent is a spy is outrageous and baseless“, says DW-spokesperson Christoph Jumpelt. „We demand that the authorities in the DR Congo release Antéditeste Niragira immediately and provide for his safe return to Burundi.“

The last contact from Niragira with his wife was at 12:00 hours (local time) on 17 May 2017 from the Burundian-Congolese border crossing at Gatumba. Since the news of his disappearance, DW has been working on Antéditeste Niragira’s release through all available channels.

http://www.dw.com

Friday, May 19, 2017

RSVP NOW: Accra Tech Salon - How can ICTs Enhance Public Health Services in Ghana?



How Can ICTs Enhance Public Health Services in Ghana?


The availability of new digital technology tools has transformed the health sector. The emergence of mobile health systems, electronic data management, and electronic healthcare medicine is affecting learning and research, administration and surveillance, and even health service delivery across Ghana’s health sector.

However, few health professionals and clinics are accessing the opportunities offered by technology in public health administration and delivery.

Please RSVP now to join the next Accra Tech Salon and dive into the status of ICT application in Ghana’s public health services delivery with esteemed guests, public health professionals, technologists, developers and these key thought leaders:
Please RSVP now to join the discussion as we explore issues like:
  • What Health Information Systems technologies are presently available?
  • What are the prospects of mobile health technologies in Ghana’s Public health services delivery system?
  • What are the challenges in improving access to and management of health information?
  • What health portals and ICT-based tools can assist in disease prevention, treatment and health monitoring?
  • How Ghana can achieve a complete healthcare reform with ICT?
We’ll have hot coffee and catered breakfast treats for a morning rush, but seating is limited. Once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list!
 
Technology for Healthcare
May Technology Salon Accra
Tuesday, May 30th 2017
8:30am - 10:30 a.m.
New Media Hub at Penplusbytes
No.1 Ostwe Close, Ako Adjei, Osu,
Accra, Ghana (
map)
RSVP is required for attendance


About the Technology Salon


The
Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
  • technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 35 people - and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged.

It's also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems.
Join us today!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Featured Member for the month of May: David Ohito


David Ohito is a seasoned Kenyan multimedia journalist and media consultant with specialty and interest in digital media platforms. He is a former Digital Editor at Kenya’s Standard Media Group.
With many years of work experience spanning various roles that include Editor, writer, cameraman, facilitator on social media and a digital journalist, David Ohito graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Moi University and also holds a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi.
He worked as a Senior Political reporter for the Standard Media Group for 8 years from 2000 before rising to become its Digital Editor.
Currently, he is a Digital Media Consultant with the company Savvy Media Kenya Limited where he specializes in content creation and distribution, traffic optimisation, interactivity and monetisation models, Mobile publishing and content consumption.
As a consultant and commentator on media, socio-political and economic affairs, he has served as a media and political analyst for the Voice of America, BBC, Radio France International and digital media consultant producing various works for individual clients.
He is also a motivational speaker who offers various public lectures on media and newsroom experiences and challenges. He is also a strong advocate for media freedom and independence of Speech.
A former Vice chairman of Kenya Editors’ Guild and currently a council member-the professional association of editors, he has been a key defender of freedom of the media in the recent past.
Mr. Ohito is a member of the distinguished panel of Judges of the CNN-MULTICHOICE AFRICA Journalist of the Year Awards and a fellow of the Poynter Institute of Journalism in the US where he honed his skills under the Foster Davis Fellowship in Florida.
Expert in redefining and reshuffling organisational structures of the new digital corporate entities with a passion for creating engaging content for the youth.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Promoting justice for all as world mark Press Freedom Day 2017


By Janet Yaa Kudor

The media continues to be a major influence in shaping the world; playing pivotal roles in various aspects of our lives. There is much to celebrate in a world where technologies such as Facebook, Twitter and others enable journalists to break news and report from anywhere in real time.

May 3rd marks World Press Freedom Day as declared by the United Nations General Assembly back in 1993. The day is set aside to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

World Press Freedom Day is also set aside to encourage journalists to have the right to work free from threat of violence and to contribute to peace, sustainability, poverty eradication and human rights.

The rule of law can be applied and respected in full only when the media are free and independent. Journalists are not only a symbol of freedom of expression but also a symbol of the extent to which a society tolerates or promotes freedom of expression.

World Press Freedom Day 2017 will concentrate on why it is important to strengthen free and quality journalism to enable the media to effectively contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 16 which is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies.

One of the major themes for World Press Freedom Day 2017 is "Justice for all as a prerequisite for freedom of expression and sustainable development". Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one and as American journalist Samuel Bowles once said, "Journalism has already come to be the first power in the land".

As we celebrates Freedom day, let us support reporters who speak truth to power and let us confront discrimination with inclusiveness.