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Are Virtual Doctors the Answer for Ugandan Health Care?

Are Virtual Doctors the Answer for Ugandan Health Care? | African News | Scoop.it

KARAMOJA, UGANDA — A new telemedicine facility in one of the most remote regions of Uganda allows local health care workers to consult online with doctors in Kampala. The potential for Uganda’s poorly-staffed health centers could be huge.


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Once again, outstanding innovation in Africa, overcoming a problem that the "developed" world might not even recognise. 

 

Simple, straightforward medical problems can be diagnosed quickly by people better qualified than local health workers, and the correct treatment given in plenty of time, before the simple problem becomes something more complicated.

 

There are similar projects in Kenya.

 

 

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How Mobile Internet is Changing Lives in Sierra Leone

How Mobile Internet is Changing Lives in Sierra Leone | African News | Scoop.it

You can rarely escape the hot sun in Sierra Leone, nor can you escape Africell or Airtel advertisements. Both of the leading mobile telcos advertise their products on any surface possible, from billboards, to walls, to beach umbrellas, and of course, on football jerseys. While traveling through Freetown, you notice tiny mobile phone top up and charging stations at almost every corner.


According to the Sierra Leone government, Internet penetration is at seven percent with mobile penetration at 40 percent. The country has leaped from the PC age directly to the mobile age. 


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Ghana to unveil Child Online Protection Policy

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Ghana’s National Information Technology Agency (NITA) is set to unveil the nation’s Child Online Protection Policy later on March 20 as part of measures aimed at protecting children in Ghana against cyber abuse.

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Such policies can never be too stringent to protect children from online predators.

 

Just look at how many hits on her site "Sweetie" got - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24818769 - "Some 20,000 men contacted her, with 1,000 found to have offered her money." 

 

20,000 is a horrifying number.

 

This is one area in which all countries should be working together - a common policy to fight the predators and abusers. And, to my liberal way of thinking, the punishments can never be too harsh.

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The Africa Development Bank's Country Strategy Paper for Kenya

The Africa Development Bank Group on Wednesday (March 5) approved a Country Strategy Paper for Kenya, detailing the Bank's priority areas of support to Kenya for the next five years designed to support Kenya's ambitions and address its main developmental challenges by promoting job creation.

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Job creation is a clear priority.

 

I'm trying really hard not to feel cynical about how much will end up in politician's pockets.

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Internet Exchange Point Launched on 7 March 2014 in Windhoek, Namibia

Internet Exchange Point Launched on 7 March 2014 in Windhoek, Namibia | African News | Scoop.it

 

It is envisioned that the WIXP will serve as a catalyst for innovation and development of Internet services and applications in Namibia. The IXP will support Government efforts to implement E-government services, and lower the cost of developing local hosting and application development.  The presence of the IXP will improve local Internet resilience by eliminating the dependence on international connectivity for local Internet services and Internet-based communications.


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A big thanks to Auntie Daisy – helping to send girls to school, every time of the month! – Camfed - Campaign for Female Education

A big thanks to Auntie Daisy – helping to send girls to school, every time of the month! – Camfed - Campaign for Female Education | African News | Scoop.it

A big thanks to Auntie Daisy – helping to send girls to school, every time of the month!

 

Ready for 8th March on International Women’s Day, Auntie Daisy is a brand new service in the United Kingdom that delivers sanitary towels and tampons to women every month – with 100% of profits going to Camfed to support girls’ education in Africa.

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What's not to like about this great story?

 

See how a very simple thing can make a huge difference?

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AfDB approves Sh79bn Kenya loan for roads, education

AfDB approves Sh79bn Kenya loan for roads, education | African News | Scoop.it
The Africa Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a five-year Sh79.2 billion financing deal for Kenya to boost economic empowerment through job creation.
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Econet Zero free access to Wikipedia, Coursera, edX - greatest event in Zimbabwe's internet History

Econet Zero free access to Wikipedia, Coursera, edX - greatest event in Zimbabwe's internet History | African News | Scoop.it

If there’s one tool I’ve been always been thankful to the internet for since I came to know this amazing tool, it is Wikipedia. I cannot live without it, and I’m sure even you don’t spend a day without dropping by the site to feed on knowledge about whatever it is you’re browsing on. The internet would be very disorganised without it. Yes, Wikipedia itself is not very organised, but disorganised order is the essence of the internet itself. Freedom in accessing knowledge and being a part of its creation. Open to everyone to use, to disagree and to contribute their knowledge. That is very powerful.

So, when Econet announced today that they were zero rating Wikipedia, I was blown away. I have wished a local operator would do this, but a part of me has always admitted there has to be business case, and ‘free’ is rarely so. But it has happened. Econet Zero means anyone with just the simplest of feature phones, and access to an Econet line, can browse the whole Wikipedia for free. It’s very hard to overstate how huge an impact this will have on internet users in Zimbabwe.


See more at: http://www.techzim.co.zw/2014/03/econet-zero-is-the-greatest-thing-to-happen-to-our-internet-access-period/#sthash.sGT3RDlN.dpuf


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Emphasis to be put on ICT utility in Rwanda

Emphasis to be put on ICT utility in Rwanda | African News | Scoop.it
Rwanda’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and ICT, Rosemary Mbabazi has urged citizens to embrace the use of Information and communications

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Ghana’s Small Women’s Savings Groups Have Big Impact - Inter Press Service

Ghana’s Small Women’s Savings Groups Have Big Impact - Inter Press Service | African News | Scoop.it

ENUGU, Ghana, Feb 28 2014 (IPS) - Dunwaa Soayare, 45, a smallholder farmer, widow and mother of five had the sort of economic profile that meant she was denied access to credit from Ghana’s mainstream banking institutions.

 

She had no collateral, no bank account and found it impossible to provide three meals a day for her children, let alone ensure that they stayed in school.

 

But after joining the Asong-taaba Women’s Group, a cooperative in Denugu, Upper East Region, northern Ghana, her life has changed dramatically. Not only has she been able to provide for her family by moving them from their mud hut into the brick house she built, she’s also been able to provide tertiary education for children and has seen two of them qualify as teachers. 

earthdog58's insight:

A good story! As has been said so many times before, people don't need  hand-out, they need a hand up.

 

Dramatic differences can be made to the lives of individuals and their families by what we in the pampered 'developed' world would consider pocket change.

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'Protection squad' for UN in Somalia

'Protection squad' for UN in Somalia | African News | Scoop.it

Uganda will send a 410-strong special force to guard UN installations in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, a Ugandan army spokesman has said.

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Of course, statistically, 41 of them are likely to be gay.

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Pride of Africa: Kenya celebrates Nyong'o's Oscar

Pride of Africa: Kenya celebrates Nyong'o's Oscar | African News | Scoop.it
“You are the pride of Africa,” Kenya’s president exclaimed on Twitter as he celebrated Kenya’s first major Oscar win by actress Lupita Nyong’o.
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In her speech she said: "every little child that no matter where you’re from your dreams are valid.”

 
Her next film should see her playing the role of a happy, educated, successful Kenyan woman.

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Kenyan Startup Ventures Into Wearable Technology

Kenyan Startup Ventures Into Wearable Technology | African News | Scoop.it

A Kenyan start-up CladLight has unveiled the region's first wearable jacket targeting motorbike owners with the aim of reducing road accidents involving motorcyclists.

 

According to the start-up founders, the smart jacket transmits signals from the motorbike to the smart jacket to show the direction the biker wants to turn using radio waves.

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Excellent.

 

We could do with this in Beijing too.

 

 

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Former German ambassador: 'Africans are worried about China's activities'

Former German ambassador: 'Africans are worried about China's activities' | African News | Scoop.it
In an interview with EurActiv Germany, retired diplomat Volker Seitz explains
why African countries should take more responsibility, and describes concerns
on the continent with Chinese development efforts.
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What is a politician going to do when Chinese companies and officials starts flashing thick wads of untraceable cash around?

 

The PEOPLE in African countries are worried - the corrupt politicians are delighted!

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Exclusive Pictures: Inside Minister Obert Mpofu’s rural mansion - Nehanda Radio

Exclusive Pictures: Inside Minister Obert Mpofu’s rural mansion - Nehanda Radio | African News | Scoop.it
The minister with the "diamond touch" Dr Obert Mpofu is never shy to show off his wealth. Nehanda Radio has obtained exclusive pictures of his mansion in Village 4 of Nyamandlovu, about 40 km from Bulawayo. Mugabe's "obedient son" is clearly reaping the rewards of his loyalty.
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This must make all the poor Zimbabweans so happy and proud!

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Al Shabaab leader urges Somalis to battle old enemy Ethiopia | Reuters

MOGADISHU (Reuters) -  The leader of the al Qaeda-aligned Islamist group al Shabaab has urged Somalis to wage holy war against Ethiopia, Somalia's Horn of Africa neighbour whose forces are preparing to lead an African Union offensive against the militants.

earthdog58's insight:

Try as one might to look for positive stories, things like this will inevitably come up.

 

What is the point? Does Al-Shabbab actually have any real objective?  Why do I get the feeling that they are just a group of emotionally retarded nutters taking out their own sense of personal inadequacy out on those around them?  You're unpleasant dickheads - we get it, guys.

 

And I know that only a tiny minority of Muslims are terrorists, but it does sometimes seem that all terrorists are Muslims - or at least using Islam as their excuse.

 

This is the kind of thing that happens when young men are given the impression that they are special, and then taught to treat women as inferior objects. Toddler-tantrums with guns and bombs.

 

A few hard smacks from their mothers when they were small would have done them a lot of good.

 

Humanity is depressing me today.

 

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▶ Girls In ICT Rwanda presents Ms. Geek Rwanda 2014 - YouTube

Girls In ICT Rwanda presents Ms. Geek Rwanda 2014
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Watch this and feel good about the future of the continent and our girls.

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Charity - Auntie Daisy

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Auntie Daisy is proud to donate 100% of its profits to Camfed.

 

Camfed believes that every child has the right to an education and that it is only through education that the cycle of poverty that traps families over generations can be broken. We work in rural areas of Africa where millions of girls still cannot afford to go to school.

 

Since our launch in 1993, we have enabled more than 1 million children to go to school in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We provide girls with comprehensive bursaries throughout their secondary education that cover school and exam fees as well as uniforms, stationary and sanitary protection.

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Sh100m set aside to revamp transport on Lake Victoria

Sh100m set aside to revamp transport on Lake Victoria | African News | Scoop.it
The government has set aside Sh100 million to revamp Lake Victoria transport, Kenya Ports Authority chairman Danson Mungatana has said.
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Africa in Transition » Tapping into Africa’s Potential: Why the Marginalized Matter

Africa in Transition » Tapping into Africa’s Potential: Why the Marginalized Matter | African News | Scoop.it

This is a guest post by Lynn ElHarake, research associate for the Women and Foreign Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations.

 

“Africa is now the world’s youngest continent,” writes Makhtar Diop, vice president for Africa at the World Bank. “These young people have high expectations, and African policy makers are increasingly concerned about how to meet them.”

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Africa's Digital Revolution: Full Speed Ahead

Africa's Digital Revolution: Full Speed Ahead | African News | Scoop.it

 

By Marguerite Ward

 

In the last five years, Africa has undergone a phenomenon that analysts refer to as the continent’s “digital revolution.” A recent wave of investor capital to the continent signals that this trend is unlikely to change course any time soon. The virtual revolution means sudden improvements to education, health and political spheres - prompting more leaders to embrace technological development as they would more “traditional” development projects.


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The upsurge of IT usage across the continent has brought Africa access to many important things from the wider world - but also (and I think more importantly) innovation from the developers and users across Africa has shown the world many new and different ways that the technology can be used.

 

Look at MPesa;  look at the amazingly inventive ways medical professions are making use of mobile phones to help remote communities; look at the primary school in Kisumu, Kenya that is using Kindles instead of paper textbooks.

 

The internet and mobile phones are changing Africa - but marvelous innovation is going the other way too.

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What Lupita, Binyavanga and soccer star Wanyama have done for Kenya

What Lupita, Binyavanga and soccer star Wanyama have done for Kenya | African News | Scoop.it

For people not to see a country in a linear stereotypical way – in Kenya’s case as another typical ethnically divided land and corrupt African state – its citizens need to crawl out from under the rock and force a different narrative about it.

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Deputy Secretary Higginbottom and First Lady Michelle Obama Honor 10 Women of Courage

Deputy Secretary Higginbottom and First Lady Michelle Obama Honor 10 Women of Courage | African News | Scoop.it

Deputy Secretary Higginbottom and First Lady Michelle Obama Honor 10 Women of Courage

 

Two African women honoured:

 

Ms. Fatimata Touré, Community activist and Executive Director, Groupe de Recherche, de’Etude, de Formation Femme-Action (Mali)


Ms. Beatrice Mtetwa, human rights lawyer (Zimbabwe)

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The LUPITA Effect - Gado

The LUPITA Effect - Gado | African News | Scoop.it

GADO

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Her next film should see her playing the role of a happy, educated, successful Kenyan woman.

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Kenya Confirmed CHAN 2018 Hosts

Kenya Confirmed CHAN 2018 Hosts | African News | Scoop.it

Nairobi — THE country will host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), the Confederation of African Football has confirmed.

 

This follows a meeting of the CAF Executive committee under the leadership of President, Issa Hayatou, at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt last Friday.

 

“The CAF Executive Committee has designated Kenya as host of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), following receipt of necessary government guarantees and complete dossier including the required infrastructure and security,” the football governing body stated in a document made available to this agency on Monday.

 

The CHAN tournament, which features footballers plying their trade in the domestic leagues, would arguably be the biggest sporting event the country would have hosted.

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