Using ICTs to Enhance Healthcare in Zambia

Date

2008

Advisors

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

0258-4913

DOI

Volume Title

Publisher

Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This paper examines an electronic record system in Zambia, where Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been adopted and are being used innovatively in one area of the health sector – perinatal care. The paper explores how the system known as the Zambia Electronic Perinatal Record System (ZEPRS) is being used in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. Having carried out fieldwork in 2005 where interviews were conducted and observations made in relation to the system, the paper makes the case that such use of ICTs is contributing to human development and subsequently helping to meet some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This paper therefore makes the case that ZEPRS, one of a first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, is a good example of a programme that is being used to meet United Nations (UN) MDGs, of which enhancement of health is one of them.

Description

The copyright of this article belongs to the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. http://www.codesria.org/IMG/pdf/3-Kutoma_AMR_2_08.pdf

Keywords

ICTs, ZEPRS project, healthcare, Africa Information Society Initiative, UN Millennium Development Goals

Citation

Wakunuma, K.J. (2008) Using ICTs to Enhance Healthcare in Zambia. Africa Media Review, 16 (2) pp 29-48

Rights

Research Institute

Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)