The Uganda Health Information Network (UHIN)

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Region: 
Africa & Middle East
Country: 
Uganda
Partners: 
International Development Research Centre (IDRC);
AED SATELLIFE;
Uganda Chartered HealthNet;
Makerere University;
Activities: 

Since 2003, 175 remote health facilities serving more than 1.5 million people are able to send and receive data and medical updates using PDAs. The system is used to transmit disease surveillance data, reports related to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and data for monitoring drug usage and stocks. Capacity building among health workers is achieved through regular broadcasts of content pertaining to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of major health problems.

Further reading: 

AED SATELLIFE 2009, ICT for Health - Empowering Health Workers to Save Lives

IDRC 2009, Uganda Health Information Network, Video (6m33)

Kinkade, S. et al. 2008, Connecting Health Clinics and Remote Health Workers (Uganda), Case Study 2, In: Wireless Technology for Social Change, UN Foundation, Vodafone Group Foundation 

[added March 2010, updated Dec. 2011]

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