Media Advisory - A technological boost for maternal and child health: e-health expert Richard Gakuba

OTTAWA, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Dr Richard Gakuba, national e-health coordinator for Rwanda's Ministry of Health, will be at Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) November 24 to discuss how information technologies can strengthen weak health systems to improve maternal and child health, one of the key aims of the Millenium Development Goals.  Health systems in most developing countries are not up to task, however, and resources to improve them are scarce.  Dr Gakuba believes that information technology could help these countries overcome the challenges healthcare systems face. Drawing on Rwanda's wide experience with these technologies, he will discuss how they can help deliver better care and save lives.

When: Friday, November 24, 2011, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: 150 Kent Street (corner of Albert), 8th floor, Ottawa, ON

Dr Richard Gakuba, director of eHealth in Rwanda's Ministry of Health, has been spearheading the development of eHealth in Rwanda. He led the process of developing a five-year national eHealth strategy, and is now leading its implementation. The eHealth strategy involves deploying various technologies from the central to the remotest areas of the country.

Dr Gakuba's lecture is part of Science and Innovation for a Better World, a year-long series that presents IDRC-funded researchers whose groundbreaking work in developing countries is shaping our common future.

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About IDRC

A key part of Canada's aid program since 1970, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. IDRC also encourages sharing this knowledge with policymakers, other researchers, and communities around the world. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that aim to bring choice and change to those who need it most. 

SOURCE International Development Research Centre

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