maandag 3 december 2012

Visit to Connect4Change Health Prgramme Ghana in November 2012

From 8-10 November 2012 Paula Mommers (Cordaid) and Martine Koopman (IICD) visited the Connect4Change Health Programme in the field. Under the Connect4Change Health Programme we support three programmes: PART ME by SEND Foundation, ACDEP 's ICT in Healthcare delivery and CHAG's Using ICT to imrove access and efficiency. We visited on 6th and 7th November the offices of the three programmes in Accra and Tamale, but to see what has happened on the ground we had to make a trip through rural Northern Ghana in three days

The first project to visit is PART ME of Send Foundation. This innovative project for participatory monitoring and evaluation (PartMe) is an ICT for development project that uses technology to facilitate data collection and information dissemination between SEND-Ghana, its grassroots partners and policy makers on the NHIS  and other pro-poor policies.

We visited on 8th November the Savelugu District Citizen's Monitoring Committee, one of the 50 DCMC's with which SEND Foundation has initiated to monitor at grassroot level the pro-poor policies like access to National Health Insurance, Spending of funds under the Common Fund and effectiveness of free maternal care. 

Each DCMC conducts of 11 representatives of Civil Society to give the poor a voice. 

Next stop was a project under ACDEP's Community health Care project. We visited the Catholic Family Reproductive Health Project in WaleWale were they visit communities with their mobile cinema to share information about family planning and reproductive health issues. They also are actively involved in the mobile reproductive health project to provide peer educators in schools from information via sms to share with their peers.


Third stop of the day was at Wiaga. At St Lucas clinic, Andy the ICT focal person showed us the progress in the implementation of the Hospital Management Information System HAMS.

After an overnight stop at Bolgatanga we left early for a visit of the Bawku Nursing Training College at Bawku part of the CHAG Connect4Change programme.

In the week before our visit, the school had suffered a fire in the computerlab. The principal explained what has happened in the video.'

After the visit to Bawku we went to the ACDEP supported clinic at Garu. The ICT programme has a focus on Reproductive Health and improving communication with Traditional Birth attendance to improve maternal care in rural Ghana. The team at the clinic is also looking into using ICT to improve the data collection and information management at the clinic. One of the staff has developed a small database to trace paper patient records easily in the archive when patients forgot thei id card. With name and community they are able to trace the NHIS number to trace the folder. This avoids double patient records, but they hope to move to an electronic patient record in 2013.

From Garu we had a very bad road via Napkanduri over the escarpent, Bunkperugu and after crossing a river before Chereponi our ventilator blade broke off and punctured the radiotor. Our driver was able to temporary fix it with soap to reach the next town.

The next morning there was also no breakfast. The girl who would prepare it was at the hospital and the boy who was cleaning thought it was not his task. But the price of € 5 for a room shows the lack of service as well (what else to expect for such a cheap room).

The car still needed to be fixed, so we cancelled our visit to Salaga and had one more visit at the Saboba hospital, a CHAG supported project where Mark showed us around. There was no power (in the whole of Northern Ghana that day!) so we spoke to all staff at the Out Patient department where all departments (records room, cash office, consultant, lab, pharmacy) are already using the HMIS and the In patient ward don't use the HMIS yet, but they already use the PC's to watch videos for example at the children's ward they watch cases of asthma and meningitis to update their knowledge.

All together a very useful overview of the progress made since my last visit a year ago. 

Visit in July 2012 with Edukans to Connect4Change Education Programme in Ghana

In July 2012 Miet Chielens, Herman Kruijer (both Edukans) and Martine Koopman (IICD) visited several educational projects of the Connect4Change Educational Programme. Several short videos were shot with interviews of the school (head)teachers to show the impact of ICT at the schools. The implementation of the programme has started earlier this year. Visits were made to the Vocational School projects implemented by Peps-C and 4 vocational schools in the Upper West of Ghana

From kaleo, we had a drive to Bolgatanga were we visited the Presbyterian Education Unit in Bolgatanga. We visited with them two of their schools that Connect4Change is supporting. One in Bolgatanga

and one in Gambaga.

The last project that we visited was the Yoo JHS in Savelugu. We were lucky because it was also the launch of the HIV/AIDS club at the school and we started the visit with a play from the HIV/AIDS club for the whole school. Afterwards we went to the ICT lab to talk with the (head) teacher and implementing partner Savana Signatures.

After the discussion the teachers showed us their work on the computer, which was impressive after only two weeks training.

dinsdag 2 oktober 2012

Good Medical Resources and links

Listed below is a selection of Internet-based health and medical resources arranged according to subject or type of resource. If you consider any of these worthy of your Favorites file, the quickest way would be accessing online this issue of Africa Health (, identifying this article and clicking and adding each link you wish to keep in your Favorites file, or alternatively, adding the whole article. This will save typing out each URL from the print issue.


Essential Health Links -

Hinari -

Africa (Stanford University) -

Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine -


Pubmed -

Popline -

Cochrane Library -

Reproductive Health Library -

WHO Global Health Library -

TRIP Evidence -

Google Scholar -


HIFA2015 -

CHILD2015 -

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Hinari -

Pubmed Central -

FreeMedicalJournals -

Highwire -

BMJ Journals -

Directory of Open-Access Journals -

BioMedCentral Journals -

FreeBooks4Doctors -

Hesperian Health Guides -

WHO Statistics -

Demographic & Health Surveys -



Epidemiology Supercourse -

International Guideline Library -

WHO Guidelines -

MSF Clinical Guidelines -

Health Sciences Online -

African Open Education -



Child Health


Infectious Diseases

Mental Health

Public Health

Reproductive/Sexual Health


maandag 4 juni 2012

Kanvili Junior High: Girls and ICT

During the holidays the girls of Kanvili Junior High in Tamale, Northern Ghana still attend the school to have a place to chat with each other. They talk about how important computers are and what they like about it.

vrijdag 24 februari 2012

St Basilide Vocational School

The St Basilide Vocational School in Kaleo, Upper West Ghana is using ICT since 2011. They have received 20 computers from GIFEC, but no full time ICT teacher. A JICA volunteer (from Japan) who barely speaks English teaches the students in basic ICT, but she does not have time to teach the teachers as well. Peps-C will support the school to integrate ICT in their classrooms both in the main subjects (Carpentry & Joinery, Plumbing&Welding, Electrical Installation and Building& Construction, but also in general subject under the Ghana Education Service. The school has 454 students, with only 24 girls. The computer is used also in administration, but not networked and without internet access. In the next yearteachers and administrators should be able to improve their skills into teaching&learning and school administration.

donderdag 23 februari 2012

St Claire vocational school Tumu Ghana

St Claire Vocational school is one of four vocational schools in the Upper West region of Ghana that will be supported by Peps-c (with support from IICD and Edukans) to build the capacity of teachers and school administrators to integrate ICT in the classroom.

The principal also mentioned how this could be integrated in the administration. The accountant shows that she already is doing the finances on her own laptop, but she still writes it manually in the books, because the auditors require this.

St John Vocational School Nandum Ghana

StJohn Vocational school is one of four vocational schools in the Upper West region of Ghana that will be supported by Peps-c (with support from IICD and Edukans) to build the capacity of teachers and school administrators to integrate ICT in the classroom

It is a traditional boys school with subjects like Carpentry, Auto mechanics, Construction (with plumbing, block making, etc). 10% of the students are girls.

St Anne's Vocational school

St Anne Vocational school is one of four vocational schools in the Upper West region of Ghana that will be supported by Peps-c (with support from IICD and Edukans) to build the capacity of teachers and school administrators to integrate ICT in the classroom

St Anne is a vocational school for girls. they teach subjects as Fashion and Design, traditional weaving and Catering.

maandag 13 februari 2012

Computers at Basic and Junior high school to improve teaching in Northern Ghana

Over 2000 students of three basic and junior high school Savalugu and Tamale District, Ghana get better access to educational information with this project by using computers. Computers are placed in the school and teachers are trained to use these in their courses. Students become better educated and therefore have more chances to go to senior high school. Teachers benefit as well because by using computers, it will take them less time to prepare classes and they are better equiped to teach. To support this project!

Improving teaching and Learning with ICT in Nkwanta District

Start of the ICT programme to improve teaching and learning in Nkwanta District (volta Region, Ghana) through ICT in three Basic & Junior High Schools, by Wadep a local NGO with support of Connect4Change (IICD, Edukans)

Saboba Medical Centre

In November 2011 I visited Saboba medical Centre. They are selected as pilot hospital by CHAG to digitilize their currently manual patient record system. The video shows the situation on the ground why this really will bring added value. Challenges they are facing at the moment include:

• Lack of space for archive
• Many patient records get lost
• Many patients forget cards, new record made without medical history
• Many manual entries at every department (Lab, Pharmacy, Theatre, Ward, Consulting, NHIS)
• Every minute less at bed saves a lot. Only 1 doctor, 70 – 90 beds
• Staff is interested in computerized system
• Data entry once, filling reports to others automatically without additional actions
• In proposal wards not mentioned, should be included to make it more relevant / no double system

The Connect4Change programme from IICD and Cordaid will support CHAG and Saboba Medical Centre in implementing a hospital management information system that will improve the medical care of Saboba Medical Centre.

CIC managers Bimbilla & Yendi share Lessons Learned

During my trip of November 2011 I visited the Community Information Centre of Bimbilla and Yendi in Northern Ghana. GINKS Assistant Coordinator Joseph made both videos. The interviews with both CIC manager shows the lessons learned on the ground with the CIC in both remote parts of Ghana