Another Guardian Article by Me-Power to the People: How Open Data is Improving Health Service Delivery

Yesterday, the Guardian published an article I wrote about how technology driven initiatives are beginning to improve health outcomes in Africa.  It includes lessons learned from supporting projects in this field and suggestions on how to maximise a project’s chance of success.  It also mentions some of our grantees.  Check it out here to find out who.  You can also find out more about this sector through this video from the Open Government Partnership Summit in London, which focuses on health transparency.

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2 Responses to Another Guardian Article by Me-Power to the People: How Open Data is Improving Health Service Delivery

  1. RICHARD BALISANYUKA .A. says:

    Its true, technology promotes development. but it pushes those who are alread at acertain level, the most volnerable are not helped!.there are people who cant buy internate enabled phones, or are not educated & these are majority in countries like uganda.

    • lorentreisman says:

      Hi Richard,

      Thanks for your comment. We do agree that in some cases technology is not the right solution. However, it’s worth mentioning that most of the projects mentioned use basic feature phones, not smart phones and most people in Uganda do have access to these. It’s also worth remembering that not everyone has to be online for this work to make an impact. As a case in point, the Follow the Money example did rely on social media, but the money released due to the campaign resulted in thousands of children in Bagega, many who aren’t online getting access to healthcare that they wouldn’t normally receive. Sometimes it’s about combining online and offline approaches to make a difference.

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