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The rise of internet use and telehealth in India

The rise of internet use and telehealth in India | Geography in our Point of View | Scoop.it

“Making geography history,” “making distance meaningless,” “a hospital in your pocket,” “cost effective, need based healthcare for everyone, anytime, anywhere,” are all hyperbole—fertile imagination working overtime and hype. But is it possible that in my lifetime I may actually see this happen? Improbable, yes. Impossible, no.

 

According to the Internet and Mobile Association of India, by June 2014 243 million people in India will have internet access, with 75 million of those living in rural India. India will be second only to China in terms internet use. 130 million people in India now access the internet via smart phones. 50% of urban internet users access the internet daily. So is healthcare via a phone possible in an “emerging economy?” Can this be the equivalent of buying a pizza or booking a ticket online?

 

 

Encounters between doctors and patients have always been face to face. I had serious concerns about whether India was ready to receive healthcare via a phone. From October 2012 to April 2013, 1866 individuals from five states were interviewed, 31% from rural areas. 22% from rural areas had smart phones (46% in urban). Surprisingly 48% in rural India and 72% in urban areas had heard of mobile health (mHealth). I would love to do a similar study in the UK or the US.

 

Perhaps it will clearly show that we are no longer following the West, not even piggy backing, but just leap frogging. In 2011, when I carried out a smaller study at a world renowned temple of technology in Chennai, the awareness of mHealth was dismally low.

 

The most reassuring finding now was that 55% of respondents (urban and rural) showed a very strong intent to use mobile phones for healthcare, if available. Mobile network operators in India should wake up to this. Their role in this will be much more than offering mobile TV—Tendulkar not withstanding.

 

 more at http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2013/11/29/k-ganapathy-the-rise-of-internet-use-and-telehealth-in-india/
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This article shows how India is developing by using a more modern type of communicating. By having over 243 million people introduced to the internet by this year. They're becoming more social within themselves and with the world around them because they're now opened up to the world of technology.

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Gabon selected to host 2017 Afcon

Gabon selected to host 2017 Afcon | Geography in our Point of View | Scoop.it
Gabon are chosen to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals ahead of Algeria and Ghana.
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In Africa, the game of soccer is celebrated the same as it is around the rest of the world. It is a game of entertainment. If you read more into this article you will find that a country had to remove it's potential to host due to a civil war. Even with this one withdrawal 52 of 54 of Confederation of African Football's members are expected to participate, meaning packed stadiums and crowds. It is very cool how one sport can be similar in so many different places, yet that it can also unite them.

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Africa Map

Africa Map | Geography in our Point of View | Scoop.it

Map of Africa locating all the African countries with their political boundaries. Africa is 2nd largest and the 2nd most populous continent in the world.

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Africa Area/Geography-

This website fits this category for Africa very well because it provides a map of Africa, and its countries, along with describing geographical features. Africa is the second largest continent measuring 11,668, 599 sq. miles. The two bodies of water that surround this continent is the Mediterranean Sea and the South Atlantic ocean.

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Woman Plans to Change African Government

NIGERIA - Jennifer Ugo, self-described rationalist extraordinaire, has finalized plans to broadcast her campaign on the web. Research and development for the project has been underway since last year, and is now complete. Proposed launch date is April 1st, 2015.

 

News Site About Africa and Nigeria Gets Makeover

 

Ms. Ugo, long-time political blogger, has partnered with JC Web to bring AfricaIntels.com to life. The site’s motto is, “Development of Africa can be achieved if we come together.” A true believer, Ms. Ugo says that change starts from the ground up, and awareness of the issues is the first step. She says that she has been championing the truth by disseminating information that has not been popular with traditional news outlets in her country. A strong advocate for the separation of church and government, she brings her passion of both foreign and African politics to her country’s plight.

 

Breaking News in Africa

 

The flow of real and timely news has long been an issue in Africa. Ms. Ugo aims to change that by updating AfricaIntels.com quickly and regularly to bring the hard-hitting problems that face the average African. She intends to empower each African, and Nigerian citizens in particular, with the knowledge of what is happening in the streets and in the centers of power. By focusing on news about Africa, she hopes that people can make informed decisions for themselves, without relying on the filtered bits and pieces that trickle down from state-run news sources or the rumor mill. Her site features the hottest trending stories from Africa and around the world, with relevant topics such as Nigeria being the second least active country sexually on the planet. Not to underscore the importance of all information, the site also includes fresh celebrity and entertainment news.

All-in-all, the site promises to redefine the political scene across Africa, by exposing the details that inquisitive minds crave. “I feel like our leaders cannot hide from the truth,” Says Ugo. “Once we shine a light on them, then they cannot deny the will of the people.”

 

For more information:
Jennifer Ugo
africaintelsjennifer@gmail.com
www.africaintels.com


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Africa Politics-

Jennifer Ugo decided to try and make a difference in the way the government structure works in Africa. Her goal is to empower every individual in Africa with this new structure. This website will show the truth behind the leaders of Africa. Also, by creating this website, she hopes that people will read articles that will change their mind on doing the same wrong act. 

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Anna and Avery's curator insight, April 10, 2015 3:54 PM

[ POLITICS; AFRICA ] Ugo plans to run for office. The first thing she wants to do is update the news outlets. She believes that if people know what is going in their community, she can help them be prepared. If she takes office, she will empower countries and focus on giving people rights to choose for themselves. She plans to create a balance of entertainment and news on the outlets.

Delicia and Brooklyn's curator insight, April 12, 2015 10:43 PM

This article provides information on a women named Jennifer Ugo who contains plans to change Africa's government. This demonstrates politics among Africa due to Jennifer being a long time political blogger of Africallntels.com, where the site's motto is, "Development of Africa can be achieved if we come together."

Colton and Kenneth's curator insight, April 13, 2015 9:05 PM

Africa & Political

This for political because it tella of a woman who wants to change the system in Africa. She intends to empower Africans. Also, she wants to help the hard hitting problems Africans face more regularly. She hopes that people can soon make informed decisions for themselves.

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Increasing coastal resilience to storms and flooding | PHYS.org

Increasing coastal resilience to storms and flooding | PHYS.org | Geography in our Point of View | Scoop.it

EU researchers are developing an online tool kit to help different coastal regions predict – and prepare for – floods and storms.

 

Coastal storms, sea level rises and flooding present a very real physical and economic threat that must be addressed in the EU. With this in mind, the FP7-funded RISC-KIT project has made accurately forecasting and predicting coastal storms – and optimising measures to prevent disasters from occurring – its key objectives. Now, in order to spread the message as widely as possible, new shorter versions of a RISC-KIT policy brief have been made available in Bulgarian, French, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch and German, in addition to English.

These briefs outline the importance of developing disaster risk reduction strategies as a means of increasing coastal resilience. They contain information at the national and local scale and provide tangible examples from coastal areas where project findings are currently implemented. These documents should be of real benefit to forecasting and civil protection agencies, coastal managers, local government, community members, NGOs, the general public and scientists.

 

One third of the EU population lives within 50 km of the coast, where an estimated 30 % of total EU Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is generated. The economic value of coastal areas within 500 metres of European seas is estimated to be between EUR 500 - 1000 billion alone.


Indeed, the cost of inaction in the face of coastal storms, sea level rises and flooding has been put at EUR 6 billion by 2020, which is significantly higher than the annual cost of taking precautionary and adaptation measures. Conversely, up to EUR 4.2 billion in net benefits could be created if action is taken.

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Europe is facing possible floods and storms thanks to a new invention that'll help them predict their waves of natural earth. There are serious physical threats in their forecast. Some people are refreshed by this since now they'll be able to prepare for disasters to strike. 

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Gauguin Painting Is Said to Fetch $300 Million

Gauguin Painting Is Said to Fetch $300 Million | Geography in our Point of View | Scoop.it

The sale of an 1892 Gauguin oil painting, “Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?),” was sold for a record amount of $300 million.

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This article shows the 1892 painting by French artist, Paul Gauguin, called "When Will You Marry?"  It was recently sold by a Switzerland collector in a private transaction. The transaction was so head-turning because it was sold for $300 million, a record price according to the American and European art world insiders.

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Europe's Religion by Country

Europe's Religion by Country | Geography in our Point of View | Scoop.it
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Europe Religion-

I chose this map as a representation of religion in Europe because it shows the three branches of Christianity that occupy this area: Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic. This map shows the countries which is also helpful. As you can see, many countries have 2 main branches of Christianity. Although all of Europe is mostly Christian, there are many branches of it that occupy this area

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The Geography of Israel

The Geography of Israel | Geography in our Point of View | Scoop.it

Israel is a small, narrow and semi-arid country lying at the junction of Europe, Asia and Africa on the southeastern coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan in the east, Egypt to the southwest and the Mediterranean Sea in the west.

 
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This article shows the relative location of Israel in the Middle East. Israel is a fairly small country in comparison to most countries. Although it is small it has many different geographical features, including the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley. it also has a wide variety of land type,  there are valleys, coastal plains, highlands, and mountainous deserts.

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North Korea country profile

North Korea country profile | Geography in our Point of View | Scoop.it

Kim Jong-un, the youngest son of previous leader Kim Jong-il, succeeded his father on the latter's death from a heart attack in December 2011.

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This article shows some insight on North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un. He was given the role of leader after his father Kim Jong-il, passed away.  Kim Jong-un's reign has made poverty, economic troubles and nuclear confusion a major part of North Korean daily life.

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Religion in Japan

Religion in Japan | Geography in our Point of View | Scoop.it

Shinto and Buddhism are Japan's two major religions. Shinto is as old as the Japanese culture, while Buddhism was imported from the mainland in the 6th century. Since then, the two religions have been co-existing relatively harmoniously and have even complemented each other to a certain degree. Most Japanese consider themselves Buddhist, Shintoist or both.

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This article shows that Buddhism is the most practiced religion in Japan, along with Shintoism. Buddhism is often practiced in Asia, which makes it common to find this religion in Japan.  Since Buddhism and Shintoism is practiced simultaneously, most people in Japan consider themselves as both Buddhists and Shintoist.

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Africa: Left Behind – Girls' Education in Africa

Africa: Left Behind – Girls' Education in Africa | Geography in our Point of View | Scoop.it
What would your life be like with only five years of schooling? For many African girls, this is the most education they can expect and they are the lucky ones. Across the region, 28 million girls roughly between the ages of 6 and 15 are not in school, and many will never even set foot in a classroom.
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Africa Intellectual/Arts-

In America we take the idea of schooling and an education for granted, but in Africa many children do not receive any schooling. This is sad to think that many children especially girls, will never be schooled. The idea of gender equality should come into effect because everyone should be entitled to have an education no matter where you live.

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Some African Proverbs and Their Meaning - InfoBarrel

Some African Proverbs and Their Meaning - InfoBarrel | Geography in our Point of View | Scoop.it
Proverbs are frequently-used sayings which often provide witty insight into a culture's beliefs and traditions. Many people ask me the meanings of some African Proverb they picked up in a movie or heard from a friend.

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Africa Religion-

This shows how people in Africa convey their beliefs. They write Proverbs that have a deeper meaning, relating to their common beliefs, traditional religions, and just personal opinions. These sayings reflect the true emotions behind the most common religious beliefs in Africa. Some even provide insight to their cultural aspects of life as well.

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This is short but it says alot for a little amount of words. Proverbs are what are used from people to find insight in different cultural beliefs. This i think connects to religion because they are what people use to find out about other beliefs for example in Africa.

 

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One Million Children Labor in Africa's Goldmines | PBS NewsHour

One Million Children Labor in Africa's Goldmines | PBS NewsHour | Geography in our Point of View | Scoop.it
In Burkina Faso, gold production has more than doubled in recent years. Though child labor is against the law in the West African nation, the economics and the nature of mining make labor law enforcement extremely difficult. Continue reading →

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Africa Economic: One of the most intense labor systems in Africa is child labor. This article writes that a child in Africa can give hard and exhausting effort for as little as $2 a day. Although the use of child labor in West Africa is illegal, it still prevails. 

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8B Amy's curator insight, February 24, 2015 8:27 AM

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Children ages between 5 to 7 are forced to work in small gold mines and get only 2 dollars a day. In many places in Africa such as in Burkina Faso, 30 to 50 of the mine workers are children. Even though child labor is legal is Burkina Faso, there are children that are still forced to work.

The U.S. Department of Labor is funding money to help the children in Burkina Faso. They hope that this project will help 1,000 households and 10,000 children.

The U.S. Labor Department considers mining one of the worst forms of child labor. Mining can give risk of injury and death. It also can cause a long-term health consequences from dust, toxic chemicals, and heavy manual labor.

 

This help me understand Africa more. It shows me that children in Africa have to work really hard to get enough money for their family. They have no choice and has to work in this very dangerous place. This article gives me a clear understanding of the conditions that very young children have to face.

 

The first time I read this I couldn't imagine what the children would feel like to work in this horrible place. I wonder how the children managed control their feelings. They should not get forced to do what they don't want to do. Child labor is legal and it should stop. I think that everyone should have the right to have freedom.

Philip Storey's curator insight, February 25, 2015 9:15 AM

In Burkina Faso between the borders of  Ghana there is child labors. 30 children are held there for working in the gold mines, they believe that children as much as one million are working in the Africa mines. The amount of child labor is increasing, and most mines workers 30-50% are children although child labor is against the law in Burkina Faso. The governments are trying reduce children's working in mines, but has not been effective. The U.S Department of labor are also trying to hep by setting up projects to save 11,000 children's from child labor and to enroll them in school. Working in mines gets very little money, families can get up to 5$, childrens gets less than 2$ per day.

 

This helps me understand what it feels like to work in such bad conditions and get very little money. It tells me that some children's in Africa are held as child labor, and it is similar to slavery. I find it sad, because i thought child labor had ended. I also feel disappointed that no one has done anything about it. They should have helped way earlier and prevent any children's from child labor. Many children's are suffering with low food, supplies and most of them don't even go to school.

 

 

8B DanielL's curator insight, March 2, 11:37 PM
In Kollo mining village, 100 people are working, and 30 of them are children. They break down the pebbles into pebbles with hammers and sticks. They mine to find a little piece of gold. They mine 150 feet under ground. Based on the article even 7 years old boy named Theopile mines to find gold. He carries bucket with him to collect gold, and he works there very hard. In the article, million children aged 5-17 works to earn gold. Although, they receive $2 from working all day. Children has to work all day not even being able go to school and learn. Sometimes, mine is even illegal. 


 This relates to what we are learning because we also discussed about this in class. We learned that this is a serious problem because this isn't a best choice. Children should be sent to school and learn. They work all day, and can't earn enough food to feed their family. So even the children has to work to try to help. This causes educational problem in Africa, and this could even cause problems when they grow up. They wouldn't have enough knowledge since they didn't have chance to learn. So they might just have to work until they die. In my personal opinion, I think that this isn't fair at all. At least they got much better, but there is still child labor in Africa currently. All those people making children work should stop and set them free. 
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Foreigners Helping Russia Create its Silicon Valley

Moscow wth help from US ad Europe is building an innovation hub in a science park called Skolkovo, spending $4B between now and 2020. Russia’s Skolkovo Foundation is getting help from Finnish tech entrepreneur, Pekka Viljakainen, whose started Nokia. Five major areas: IT, including media and entertainment; the pharmaceutical/bio cluster; space; nuclear; and clean energy. Russia is a market of 135 million people. It’s not China, but it’s consuming a lot of digital services. That’s a market opportunity. 18 months ago, Russia became the biggest user of the Internet in Europe, bypassing Germany.

 


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Russia is trying to create a whole new internet source for entertainment. They want to create an innovation hub in a successful science park. This will increase the use of internet which is Europe's biggest user of the internet.They also want to occupy new digital ideas and expand the horizons of entertainment in Russia.

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Greek drama as bailout talks down to the wire

Greek drama as bailout talks down to the wire | Geography in our Point of View | Scoop.it
Greece was unable to reach a deal to stay in an EU bailout program, the Eurogroup's Dijsselbloem said, noting talks will continue on Monday.
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Europe Political-

This article depicts the most important issue in Europe right now, which is saving the Greek economy. Greece is in debt, and the European Union is trying to help, but are having difficulties lending Greece money based on past problems. The reason is that Greece is having a hard time cutting back on amenities and focusing their spending on essentials.

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European 'bank union' could prevent another debt crisis - Mail & Guardian Online

European 'bank union' could prevent another debt crisis - Mail & Guardian Online | Geography in our Point of View | Scoop.it

Germany is working on a plan that would allow the completion of a euro zone banking union without changing existing European Union law, potentially removing a major hurdle to finish the most ambitious EU project since the start of the euro, EU officials said.


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Europe Economic- Europe has endured many debt problems just like the USA. However, they are now working on a plan to end this consistent pattern. Germany is trying to create a debt law that doesn't effect the European Union's laws previously made. This could help Europe and increase it's economics and protect it all at the same time.

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The rise of internet use and telehealth in India

The rise of internet use and telehealth in India | Geography in our Point of View | Scoop.it

“Making geography history,” “making distance meaningless,” “a hospital in your pocket,” “cost effective, need based healthcare for everyone, anytime, anywhere,” are all hyperbole—fertile imagination working overtime and hype. But is it possible that in my lifetime I may actually see this happen? Improbable, yes. Impossible, no.

 

According to the Internet and Mobile Association of India, by June 2014 243 million people in India will have internet access, with 75 million of those living in rural India. India will be second only to China in terms internet use. 130 million people in India now access the internet via smart phones. 50% of urban internet users access the internet daily. So is healthcare via a phone possible in an “emerging economy?” Can this be the equivalent of buying a pizza or booking a ticket online?

 

 

Encounters between doctors and patients have always been face to face. I had serious concerns about whether India was ready to receive healthcare via a phone. From October 2012 to April 2013, 1866 individuals from five states were interviewed, 31% from rural areas. 22% from rural areas had smart phones (46% in urban). Surprisingly 48% in rural India and 72% in urban areas had heard of mobile health (mHealth). I would love to do a similar study in the UK or the US.

 

Perhaps it will clearly show that we are no longer following the West, not even piggy backing, but just leap frogging. In 2011, when I carried out a smaller study at a world renowned temple of technology in Chennai, the awareness of mHealth was dismally low.

 

The most reassuring finding now was that 55% of respondents (urban and rural) showed a very strong intent to use mobile phones for healthcare, if available. Mobile network operators in India should wake up to this. Their role in this will be much more than offering mobile TV—Tendulkar not withstanding.

 

 more at http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2013/11/29/k-ganapathy-the-rise-of-internet-use-and-telehealth-in-india/
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This article shows how India is developing by using a more modern type of communicating. By having over 243 million people introduced to the internet by this year. They're becoming more social within themselves and with the world around them because they're now opened up to the world of technology.

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Four Inventions of Ancient China: Paper Making, Gunpowder, Printing, Compass

Four Inventions of Ancient China: Paper Making, Gunpowder, Printing, Compass | Geography in our Point of View | Scoop.it
Papermaking, gunpowder, printing and the compass are four great ancient inventions by Chinese people that have had a huge impact on the entire world.
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Under this category is inventions, this article includes some Chinese inventions. These inventions include papermaking, gunpowder, and a compass. Inventions like these helped not only China become more advanced, but also the rest of the world.

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How Many People Live in the World's Most Populous Country?

How Many People Live in the World's Most Populous Country? | Geography in our Point of View | Scoop.it
China's current population and information about Chinese population growth, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
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This article explains how China is the world's most populous country. China has obtained 20% of the world's total population. This article claims that China's peak was in the 1980's. Their economic population is enormous, but is expected to decrease by 2030.

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