iAfrikan Daily Brief - Gebeya, Health Workers In Nigeria, Senegal And South Africa

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Gebeya's Platform Is Connecting IT Professionals With The Businesses That Need Their Services

Gebeya's Platform Is Connecting IT Professionals With The Businesses That Need Their Services
Credit: Gebeya

Gebeya, a venture that seeks to provide a marketplace for top IT talent to contribute their experience and skills to software projects, has today committed to satiate the growing demand for qualified IT professionals in Africa through the Gebeya Workplace platform. "Gebeya Workplace will enable entrepreneurs, startups and corporations to very quickly hire independent IT professionals who are highly trained and certified at competitive market rates," said Gebeya's co-founder and COO, Hiruy Amanuel. Gebeya will seek to increase the visibility of IT talent in the continent - with the intention of increasing opportunities for IT professionals whilst reducing IT operational costs for businesses and organizations in Africa and the world at large.

Health Workers Are Using Smartphones To Monitor Essential Medicine Use And Track Diseases In Nigeria

Health Workers Are Using Smartphones To Monitor Essential Medicine Use And Track Diseases In Nigeria
Credit: Mark Tuschman for Novartis AG

Healthcare workers in Kaduna State, Nigeria’s third most populous region, will be able to monitor stock levels of essential medicines at their facilities in real time and request resupplies, thanks to a project carried out by Novartis in collaboration with the Kaduna State Ministry of Health and Vodacom. The SMS for Life program uses smartphones to improve access to medicines and increase disease surveillance, keeping track of antimalarials, vaccines, and HIV, TB and leprosy treatments. Medical workers will be able to send notifications to district medical officers when stock levels are low. “We often face stockouts of medicines in health care facilities. With more than six million people, Kaduna is Nigeria’s third most populous state. We hope the program will improve health services by expanding access to essential medicines, thus reducing disease prevalence in communities.” said Dr Hadiza Balarabe of the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency Executive Secretary

A Pilot Project To Boost Conservation Through Online Collaboration Is Helping To Save Senegal's Biodiversity

A Pilot Project To Boost Conservation Through Online Collaboration Is Helping To Save Senegal's Biodiversity

A six-month project in biodiversity conservation piloted in Senegal and three other countries — Brazil, Canada and Spain — is expected to help boost biodiversity conservation through exchanging experiences and best practices online. The Regions for Biodiversity Learning Platform (RBLP) project, is an initiative of the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4sd). Rodrigo Messias, a policy officer at the nrg4sd responsible for the project, says the learning platform is now open for any region to join, adding that participation in the project attracts no membership fee but willingness and commitment to share and contribute actively. "We will also create a website and a database for the regions participating in the project. Besides information about policies, laws, and actions taken, participants will also have access to online forums to continue the discussions held during the online meetings," Messais explained.

South African Officials Have Allegedly Been Intercepting Millions Of Communications Without Permission

South African National Space Agency Have Appointed A New CEO
Credit: Flickr / Alan Levine

Various reports in South Africa are alleging that South African spies, i.e. employees under the State Security Agency and South African Police Services are guilty of intercepting millions of calls, SMS messages, e-mails and other forms of communication without receiving nor applying for (in some cases) the necessary approval to do so. To put this into context, according to South Africa’s Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-related Information Act (RICA) it is illegal to intercept communications without a warrant received from a designated judge. According to reports several millions of interceptions have been carried out in South Africa but the designated judge, Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, says (in her report) she has only approved and issued - wait for it - several hundred applications in recent years for interception of communications. Interception of communications, among others, includes the recording of telephone and mobile phone calls, SMS messages, and metadata.

Updates

Details for our annual event, Annual Tech Round-Up 2017, have been finalized. Join us on 26 January 2017 at Mettā in Nairobi, Kenya. We will be in discussion with some of the continent's top technology and communications industry leaders and professionals on the insights and trends they have observed during 2016 and what we expect in 2017. Link

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