THE IMPACT OF ICT ON COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION: A CASE STUDY FOR BOTUSA WHEN GRADUATE INTERNSHIPS MAKE SENSE

F. Gudo, S. Radhakrishnan

Botho College (BOTSWANA)
HIV / Aids has become a thorny issue in our Global Society. By the end of 2011 the World health Organisation (WHO) estimated that there were about 30 million people living with HIV/Aids. About 25 million of these patients are found in Africa. These statistics have sent shock waves in many communities across the Globe. By the way the Botswana community is not spared from this health disaster since it can erode the human capital of a nation if it is not abated. To deal with this pandemic it has been found out that individuals and communities have to be educated on this serious devastating scourge. ICTs have been cited as the best means to disseminate and educate the public about information on health education .A case in point is BOTUSA – a Botswana-USA partnership that has yielded positive results in terms of influencing behaviour of individuals as far as their health related –education is concerned. Today the Internet has emerged as a good way of getting information to the public. Due to the innovative ways on the use of the internet and the emergence of new technologies our focus is on provision of IT-enabled health services to the community. Currently the partnership is making use of ‘PIMS –software that is known as Patient Information Management System’ that is used to monitor the health of a patient. Our intention then is to expand the scope of this system being used by Graduate interns such that it can benefit the wider community in health related issues.