Archive for the ‘ICT & HIV/AIDS’ Category

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 320 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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HIFA2015 Logo“By 2015, at least one telecoms provider, in at least one country, will endorse the vision of Healthcare Information For All, and will provide free access to essential healthcare knowledge in the local language, pre loaded on all new mobile phones they may sell and freely downloadable to all those who already have a mobile phone.”

The mHIFA SMART Goal was proposed and will be led by the HIFA 2012-15 Challenge Working Group, which is specifically concerned with the health information needs of citizens, parents and children, in recognition of the huge (and largely unrealised) potential of mobile phones to meet basic healthcare information needs of citizens, parents and children. A draft concept note for discussion is available here

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There’s so much information online just begging to be curated: news, social media, images, video, websites… the list goes on. Reading great content from my favorite blogs and websites is one of my favorite down-time activities. It’s also an important part of my job as an IT Director because I need to stay on top of the latest trends, announcements and tech news. Just a few years ago, the tools I used to use for reading and consuming content wereGoogle ReaderStumbleUponDiggDelicious… you know all the big names.

Also read: The top 100 Twitter Tools of 2012 (Categorized).

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If you are looking for some innovative ideas to impart knowledge about the prevention of HIV and AIDS toyouths in your community, here is an interesting computer game developed by UNESCO. “Fast Car: Traveling Safely around the World” is a car racing game that not only helps the player know about HIV and AIDS, but it also gives a virtual tour around some of the World’s Heritage Sites.

Part of the project called “Development of interactive multimedia tools on HIV and AIDS for youths,” the game seeks to entertain and educate young people with accurate and reliable information about HIV prevention. As youths around the world are vulnerable to HIV, they often lack useful resources to understand and take prevention against it. The game can be relevant to them as it provides information about HIV and its prevention in an interactive manner.

However, the problem is that the game is available only in three languages (English, French and Russian) and there is no indication of further language translations to benefit local communities in developing countries. Nevertheless, it is still a remarkable tool to empower educated youths so that they can take the message beyond to their communities. Youths as young as sixteen years can play the game.

NGOs can gather a group of youths from their communities or even their young staff members, download this game on their office computers and allow them to play it for some time. As the car races through some of the World’s Heritage Sites, the player is able to get additional bonus points at checkpoints as he or she correctly answers questions about HIV and its prevention. For incorrect answers, there are useful definitions and information given.

To download the game, you need to provide information about your name, email and your location. Once downloaded on the computer, each player has to create a username and a password and use them to log in to play back. Only one player can play the game each time on a computer.

To download the game, visit this link.

The download size of the game is 32 MB.