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The Missing Maps project, which launched in 2014, aims to literally and figuratively put more than 20-million at-risk people on the map using OpenStreetMap (OSM) as a platform. We need to fill in "missing maps" before the next disaster strikes, ensuring the maps have detail sufficient for emergency responders to hit the ground running. OpenStreetMap is an open and free source of geographic data. Anyone with a username can add, edit, or update data, so the Missing Maps project is community driven and focuses on local knowledge. Remote volunteers around the world use satellite imagery to trace features, such as roads and buildings. Community members and volunteers in the area then use the base map to add local data to these shapes, including street names, addresses, building types, and points of interest. As we look back at 2015, here are a few success stories from the Missing Maps project...
Published this month in the journal World Development, the study finds that so-called ‘green revolution’ policies in Rwanda - claimed by the government, international donors and organisations such as the International Monetary Fund to be successful for the economy and in alleviating poverty - may be having very negative impacts on the poorest. One of the major strategies to reduce poverty in sub-Saharan Africa is through policies to increase and modernise agricultural production...
As the AHRQ report explains it, “PIH and the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis conceived of OpenMRS in 2005 as a flexible, open source EMR that would be capable of meeting the demand for high-quality health information in developing countries such as Rwanda and Kenya, where the two organizations were then working. Read More »
Apelon Medical Terminology in Practice recently published the press release “Apelon Selected to Support HIE Initiative in Rwanda as Part of Effort to Improve Antenatal/ Prenantal Care.” Read More »
Over the past year, I’ve had the honor to be part of the team at USAID implementing the President’s vision of preventing and responding to mass atrocities, including through my service on the White House’s Atrocity Prevention Board. I have deep personal connections to the issue of atrocity prevention, having worked throughout my career on countries in the midst of conflict where such atrocities have occurred, from Rwanda to Angola to Libya. Read More »
How do you introduce a woman whose very life is the epitome of humanitarian efficacy? Judy Gichoya is a Kenyan medical doctor specializing in radiology and an experienced programmer who's accelerating the growth of OpenMRS. According to its website, "OpenMRS is a software platform and a reference application which enables design of a customized medical records system with no programming knowledge." Judy first got interested in computers in high school, prior to entering medical school she learned to program at a technical college and through online resources on the internet...
Last week’s Supreme Court decision upholding of the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law moves the United States closer to the goal of health coverage for all. All other developed countries have it. But so do some developing nations... Read More »
The less you’ve got, the less you’ve got to lose. Which is why cargo delivery drones may become popular in Africa long before they catch on over here. Jonathan Ledgard thinks it’ll happen. The former chief Africa correspondent of the news magazine The Economist is coming to Boston on Thursday to lay out his plan to build a cargo network called Redline. Developed with help from students at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and backed by the government of Switzerland, Redline will use drones to deliver medical supplies to remote parts of Rwanda. It has already raised $8 million...
The mHealth Alliance, an organization dedicated to advancing the use of mobile technologies to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries, announced this evening the winners of the Holly Ladd mHealth Pioneer Award and the mHealth Alliance Collaboration Award. This marks the first time that the Alliance has extended these honors. Dr. Richard Gakuba of Rwanda received the Holly Ladd mHealth Pioneer Award, while the Ananya partnership of Bihar, India, received the mHealth Alliance Collaboration Award...
Nineteen countries are now using iHRIS, a free and open source human resources information system, to support over 810,000 health worker records. It would cost more than $149 million in licensing fees alone for these countries to support a similar number of records with a proprietary system purchased from for-profit companies.
Resource allocation towards reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) in Uganda is expected to improve after the country unveiled an online tracking tool. The new move is part of the East African Community support to member states, under the Open Health Initiative, in building sustainable networks that will improve women and children's health. Read More »
As a part of the work Jembi Health Systems has been doing in Rwanda at the moment with the RHEA project they have been creating a health information exchange to enable interoperability between the OpenMRS systems implemented in some of the health facilities in the Rwamagana district. Read More »
The OpenMRS Community has released a major upgrade to to its widely deployed open source EHR, OpenMRS. The result of the work of more than 100 OpenMRS Community Members from around the world the OpenMRS Platform 2.0 release is the first release of the 2.x family and takes a quantum leap in its base technology as it incorporates the latest web technologies and standards into its modular architecture. At the same time, OpenMRS retains the capability of supporting many legacy features.
...These days, I’m working in the Rwanda Ministry of Health’s eHealth Department as an implementation lead and program manager for the Rwanda Health Information Exchange (RHIE) initiative, under a contract to Regenstrief Institute. Our project tries to improve healthcare delivery through implementation of a health information exchange that allows healthcare providers to easily save and access patient information for specific care services... Read More »
Praekelt.org, which works with governments, NGOs and social enterprises to design, develop, and implement open digital technologies for social change, today is announcing a variety of connected health news and milestones that are improving the lives of millions of people across Africa and influencing technology development in the United States and around the world. Barriers to basic healthcare services and information increase AIDS/HIV and maternal mortality rates in low- and middle-income countries...