Economists, government officials and health experts agree that Zimbabwe’s deepening economic crisis is severely affecting the government’s ability to fund public health delivery and restricting poor people access to healthcare.
The economy showed signs of modest improvement under the government of national unity (GNU) between 2009 and 2013, however industry has been performing poorly and company closures have increased since the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) won the general elections in July 2013.
John Robertson, an independent economist based in Harare, expresses that, “It is not surprising that people’s right to health has been compromised by the state of the economy” and that, “Health services are suffering a funding deficit because of the current economic crisis, which has worsened in the post-GNU period.”
To read an article titled, “Zimbabwe's health system in crisis,” click here.Source:IRIN News
Facebook is launching a mobile application to give users in Zambia free access to a handful of online services on mobile phones, to broaden an effort of boosting Internet usage in underdeveloped countries.
In partnership with wireless operator Airtel, the Internet.org application will offer more than a dozen services including online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, websites devoted to weather, job listings and health information, as well as Facebook's own social network and messaging service.
Guy Rosen, product management director for Facebook's Internet.org effort states that the application will be available in additional countries over the coming months and years.
To read the article titled, “Facebook offers free internet in Zambia,” click here.Source:Fin 24
The City of Tshwane is racing ahead with its public Wi-Fi service with the launch of the second phase of the project which will see an increase to over 200 Internet hotspots.
Alan Knott-Craig jnr, the brains behind Project Isizwe which is responsible for deploying the network, points out that: “Today we launched Phase 2 of Tshwane Free Wi-Fi, over 200 new sites with capacity for 5 000 users per site (total capacity of over one million users), and announced the start of Phase 3 deployment incorporating capacity for over two million users."
Executive mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, states that, "Tshwane has made history by becoming the first metro to roll out free Wi-Fi and indeed our announcement of the provision of this service was made before the City of New York's announcement - this is indeed a ground-breaking achievement for an African city."
To read the article titled, “Tshwane connects millions with free Wi-Fi,” click here.Source:Fin 24
The technological advancement in South Africa in terms of the digital device has made Telkom payphones review their public phones and introduce the Wi-Fi hot spots at a radius of 10 metres.
In 1994, only 15 percent of South Africans had access to telephony, thus payphones were of more help to the citizens.
The major reason for this project to be launched is to help citizens that are disadvantaged in terms of internet access.
To read the article titled, “Telkom's Wi-Fi hotspots to benefit disadvantaged citizens,” click here.Source:SABC News
The City of Johannesburg has embarked on a collaboration with the CIDA City Campus University that will enable the training of 3 000 Digital Ambassadors to assist with the role-out of 1 000 free WiFi hotspots around the metropole.
Currently in the Big Apple, Johannesburg Mayor, Parks Tau, signed a memorandum of understanding with New York-based firm, Africa Integras that will fund the initial phase of the training.
Tau described the deal as one which will enable funding for digital champions that will fan out across to Johannesburg and create opportunities for communities to access web based technologies.
To read the article titled, “City of Joburg on a training drive to roll out free Wi-fi,” click here.Source:SABC News
Durbanites will now have access to free Wi-Fi in Florida Road as MWEB rolls out the first of its Wi-Fi activated high streets.
The internet service provider announced that it has launched a Wi-Fi hotspot in the famous street in the city to provide customers with high-speed data access to the Internet.
However, unlike traditional hotspots, the MWEB installation keeps users connected throughout the length of the street.
To read the article titled, “MWEB launches Durban Wi-Fi,” click here.Source:Fin 24
World Vision Malawi handed over a community health facility worth K12.5 million in Msambanyali, Malawi.
As citizens commemorated Child Health Week, the facility serves as a response to an outcry from members of the community who experienced challenges due to lack of health facilities in the area, in which the nearest health facility is at a distance of over 10 kilometres.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, World Vision project manager for Njema area, Caroline Kajawo, stated that the organisation aims to improve the welfare of children across the country.
To read the article titled, “World Vision Malawi hands over K12.5 Million health facility,” click here.Source:All Africa
The 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Switzerland has heard that Mexico and South Africa want to start producing their own vaccines to boost their immunisation programmes.
The countries need the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international agencies to help expand their local manufacturing capacity, a move they hope will lower the cost of vaccines and make their supply more reliable.
Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, states that, "We want the WHO and other international agencies to empower us to produce our vaccines."
To read the article titled, “Locally made vaccines 'could boost immunisation efforts',” click here.Source:All Africa
Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, has officially opened the R730-million, 300-bed Zola-Jabulani District Hospital in Soweto saying the new facility would help to ease the load on Soweto's Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
The new hospital will provide accident and emergency services, maternity and post-natal care, among other.
Speaking at the opening, Motsoaledi noted that Chris Hani Baragwanath has 2 888 beds, far above the World Health Organisation's recommendation, adding that a hospital with over 1 200 beds is difficult to manage.
To read the article titled, “New district hospital opens in Soweto,” click hereSource:All Africa
South Africa is potentially a large market for home high-speed broadband but a number of factors have held up its implementation.
Kenya got there three years ago so Russell Southwood looks at why and talks to Mark Elkins, Posix about what they have got planned.
Jamii Telecom launched a public Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) network in Kenya in early 2011 but except for a few gated communities and pilots, nothing has happened in South Africa on this front. But 2014 might be the year of all change as the lumbering Telkom promises to turn its FTTH pilot into a public service and Posix goes live with its offer.
To read the article titled, “David takes on Goliath - South Africa's Posix to offer fibre-to-the-home ahead of the big gorillas,” click here.Source:All Africa