Basic tech gives a voice to patients

25 January 2021

Thousands of patients of community health care workers in rural Africa can use a basic tool on their mobile phones – with no internet connection – to provide feedback on their care anonymously, easily and inexpensively.

The system was developed by researchers from Cornell Tech, Manhattan, part of Cornell University.

In remote areas of Africa and India, where a single doctor might serve 10,000 people, many rely on community health care workers who visit their homes and act as intermediaries between doctors and patients.

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Connecting patients: free Wi-Fi made available in hospital

22 January 2021

The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, in Soweto, Johannesburg, is the third largest in the world with 429 buildings, 3,200 beds and 6,760 employees. Every year, there are about 150,000 inpatients and 500,000 outpatients. More than 350 daily admissions – about 70% of the total – are emergencies.

It is a teaching hospital for the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, along with the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Helen Joseph Hospital and the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital.

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Big project delivers low-cost broadband to rural areas

19 January 2021

Masoro, in the northern province of Rulindo in Rwanda, has a population of 21,000.  And it was among the first in a big project to deliver low-cost broadband services to schools, healthcare facilities and community centres in rural areas of Rwanda and Tanzania.

The project was carried out by CableFree; Wireless Excellence is the designer and manufacturer of CableFree products.

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Lives go wireless for villagers thanks to new base station project

18 January 2021

With a population of about 2,000, Duse is a remote village in north-eastern Kenya – 360km from the capital, Nairobi -- where most people are livestock farmers and others are involved in small-scale mining and agriculture.  When they needed internet access it meant a walk of 20km to the nearest town.

While the cities of Nairobi and Mombasa have good wireless infrastructure, just 22 per cent of Kenya’s population – most of whom live in villages – have internet access.

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