ICT for Health and Wellbeing

SPIDER’s programme on ICT for Health and Wellbeing focuses on how technology can best be used for better health and wellbeing, especially in communities where financial resources are scarce or health systems need support to meet the needs of people.

Access to services

When health information is accessible in concise and simple format, in the palm of your hand through a mobile phone or at a data-lab in a trusted community centre or radio station, it can assist and encourage people to make informed decisions about their health. Digital devices can enable the detection of ill-health earlier, and perhaps most importantly, help to signpost services in local community that can provide quality care, advice and treatment.

SPIDER’s experience shows that a projects benefits greatly from:

  • Local content with relevant representation
  • Combining entertainment and creative learning with information (radio, games etc)
  • Technology that cuts costs and evades physical barriers to outreach efforts and makes possible peer-to-peer support

Networking & Collaborations

SPIDER’s experience in connecting key organisations, companies, authorities, advocates and researchers has led us to develop an extensive network method, which we make use of in the Health & Wellbeing programme.

  • Health Systems approach:
    Recognising that the delivery of quality health services is reliant on many different actors; health workers, funders, technology, insurance companies, policy and law makers and patient group representatives among other
  • Connecting expertise:
    SPIDER’s ICT4Health Network connects different expertise to complement and enhance different projects, enable professional development and make possible peer-to-peer learning
  • Pooling of resources:
    Making use of and sharing methodology, equipment, knowledge or specialist skills across network membership to utilise technology for more efficient and effective health service delivery and for the attainment of SDG 3 & 17 (Agenda 2030)

Use and add to health data

The Health Programme is designed to record, encourage and enable people in key communities to actively feed into health data, statistics, policy and strategy on health. This can happen through the development of innovative technology assisting front line health workers to carry out tasks more efficiently, inter-operable systems which link different health projects and community owned programmes are scaled to enable technology to work for health.

  • “Nothing about us, without us”:
    SPIDER actively works with the digital principles, among which the need to develop solutions with the end user is central. Whether the ICT is to be used by clinicians, or community health workers, their involvement at early stage of ICT development is necessary.
  • Evidence based interventions.
    Programme implementation incorporates the aspect of proper research to establish need, monitor progress and evaluate results.
  • People focused ICT use.
    SPIDER works with ICT in a development context and therefore it is not the introduction of mobile phones or digital platforms that is the solution to any challenge, but how human beings use technology to better meet communities’ needs and improved health.

Get connected

SPIDER establishes webs of collaboration and we are always interested in collaboration that meets our programme and organisational aims.

SPIDER is also part of the Global Digital Interoperability Group led by WHO, USAID, and PATH International

ICT4Social innovation Network

The Pan-African ICT4 Social Innovation Network is co-founded by SPIDER and our partner iHub Ltd and unites Social Innovation through ICT under Agenda 2030 goals for education, health and rights.

Network members represent Civil Society Organisations, Private and Public organisations, Researchers, Technical engineers and software developers who in an innovative way use ICT for social good.

The Network unites actors, highlights gaps and opportunities for social innovation through ICT and is organised in sub-regional forums where events, workshops and training opportunities are organised by members.

ICT4Health & Wellbeing Network

SPIDER’s ICT4Health & Wellbeing Network consists of project partners and meets twice a year.

Network partners collaborate and share resources. They inform and update each other on their respective organisation’s progress and coordinate sustainability plans.

Read more about our partners and see where we are supporting Digital Health efforts. CLICK HERE

Let’s collaborate!

SPIDER is an independent centre with extensive experience in the ICT 4 Development sphere. We are a public organisation and work in a transparent and accountable manner to give advice, map relevant partners and find evidence of ICT being a tool in international development. Contact us for any of the following:

ICT4D/ICT4Health insights

SPIDER can take part in panel discussions, tailor lectures or signpost you to experts with relevant know-how and experience in the field.

Project/programme collaboration

SPIDER is happy to partner on relevant projects and programmes, coordinate initiatives or be part of consortium funding.

Networks

If you believe SPIDER would be a valued partner in a Network focusing on ICT, Development or Health, please contact us

Resources

SPIDER welcomes tools, reports and media that is for benefit to our partners or the general public.

If you have anything you think we should share, please contact us.

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Health Projects

Digital Health Projects progressing to phase 2 of Open Call

  SPIDER is happy to list the organisations that have submitted project proposals in response to the Open Call in Digital Health, and will now proceed to phase two of the application process. The organisations will submit full project plans and a selected few will...

OPEN CALL for Project in Digital Health

Proposals should present health projects where ICT is an integral part of implementation. SPIDER welcomes locally based proposals incorporating ICTs for improved efficiency and effectiveness. Apply by 12 March.

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Time to ensure that technology is a tool for adolescent peer-to-peer support and HIV prevention, care and treatment

SPIDER and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance announce an innovative new partnership exploring ICTs to use for peer-to-peer support and tools for HIV prevention, care and treatment.

Can Not-for-Profit Organisations Really Ever Be Innovative?

Social Innovation within the sphere of digital development is for SPIDER the use of existing, as well as new technology and design to meet social needs, in a way previously not seen

Nothing about us without us

Why are so many projects lacking real input, engagement and leadership by the communities they are said to serve? Start by asking “who are the key groups that are informing, engaging and contributing to our project?”.

SPIDER supports mobile solution to improve maternal and child health in Ethiopia

SPIDER enters a partnership with Amref Health Africa with a project using mobile solutions to give pregnant women and their children access to health services in Amhara, Ethiopia.

Rwandan health care system ready for telehealth in cervical cancer screening and care

With ICT friendly policy makers, digitalised and connected hospitals Rwanda is ready to use telehealth for cervical cancer screening and care.

Why support digital health?

The stark number of health projects where ICT is failing to make a difference should not have health professionals, policy makers and public health specialists abandon digital health as a tool for improved health systems and outcomes.

African Networks Join Forces for Innovation and Development

AfriLabs, network of African technology labs, joins forces with pan-African ICT4Social Innovation Network, to unite key sectors for digitally advancing health, education and rights across the continent.