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To highlight the need for investing in ICT in health development. 7 studies carried out using mHealth tools, (sample collection studies, children nutritional status monitoring, survey for community mutual health organizations and investigating governance at hospitals). SNV Cameroon developed capacity in local organizations, to ensure sustainability. Episurveyor uses mobile options, including remote data collection exploiting the presence of GSM, GPRS and EDGE technologies. ICT increases speed of data collection and management; with use of EpiSurveyor, remote monitoring is possible – improving quality of data collection and remote staff capacity development. Lack of GoogleEarth coverage of some areas may affect coverage of areas of interest. Lack of staff motivation, affects uptake of approach in public health establishments.
Currently, EpiSurveyor is being used by 1300+ scientists, 128+ countries, 130+ NGOs, 100+ universities, and 10+ UN agencies and governments; and reporting increased accuracy in data collection and monitoring. In SSA this addresses governance issues, in the complexity of demographic representation in interventions for malaria prevention and immunization, providing a perfect approach for community mapping of vulnerable communities, and useful for targeted intervention when used with GoogleEarth; reducing wastage of limited resources by at least 40%. Increased access to good quality health care in SSA; by ensuring equity, accountability, participation, and rule of law in governing limited resources, which is crucial to realization of MDG 4, 5 and 6.
Keywords: EpiSurveyor, Cameroon, health governance, quality of healthcare, mHealth, eHealth, Health Development and Consultancy Services
Okwen, M.P., Lamnyam, R., Akwi, B.N. and Capo, M. (2010) ICT in Cameroon: A discussion on a 3 year experience and the future of ICT in health in a resource limited setting, Anthology of Abstracts of the 3rd International Conference on ICT for Africa, March 25-27, Yaoundé, Cameroon. Baton Rouge, LA: International Center for IT and Development.