The Urgent Need for a National Electronic Health (National eHealth) Strategy for Liberia. A…

first_imgLast week I was part of a four-man delegation that attended the West Africa Regional Workshop on the Development of National eHealth Strategy in Abuja, Nigeria. The workshop was hosted by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the World Health Organization (WHO), ICT4Health Nigeria, and the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria. It (the workshop) provided participating West African countries insight into the development and implementation of a National eHealth strategy. It also allowed the Liberian delegation to network with technicians (both from the ICT and Health sectors) from other West African countries and provided an opportunity for it (the delegation) to understand the successes, challenges and failures with regards to the use of ICT in delivery of healthcare in other West African countries. In today’s article, I provide insight into what eHealth is, what an eHealth Strategy is as well as its impact on Liberia, and the compendium of stakeholders who will drive and lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive and robust eHealth strategy in Liberia. The Ebola outbreak which began sometime in late 2014 exposed a lot of weaknesses in the health sector of West African Countries that were affected as well as those that were not affected. In Ebola infected countries (Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone), one of the weaknesses that led to the initial dysfunctional response toward the Ebola outbreak is the lack of a comprehensive eHealth strategy. This problem does not only exist in Ebola infected countries, but also in several other West African countries. The lack of an eHealth strategy and policy strangulates (and will continue to strangulate) efforts by governments (West African countries and other developing countries), development partners, service providers, and communities to efficiently and effectively deliver or aid in the delivery of healthcare services to citizens and residents. As a result of this, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and other stakeholders concerned with the delivery of healthcare through ICTs, have taken the initiative to build the capacity of West African countries and all other countries in the development and implementation of their respective countries’ eHealth strategy. Thus, the West African National eHealth Strategy workshop that was held in Abuja, Nigeria on April 26-27, 2016. Now, what exactly is eHealth? Before I provide insight on what an eHealth strategy is, let me first define eHealth using the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition: eHealth is “the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for health to, for example, treat patients, pursue research, and educate students, track diseases and monitor public health.” This definition covers a vast domain which includes the following: Electronic Health Records, Routine health management information (e.g. web-based surveillance systems, electronic disease registers, electronic district health information systems), Vital Registration (the use of computerized systems for registration of death or births), Health Knowledge Management (e.g. best practice guidelines managed and accessed electronically), mHealth (e.g. use of mobile devices such as cell-phones to share information or to collect aggregate or patient data), Telemedicine (e.g. use of ICTs to provide care at a distance), Virtual Healthcare (e.g. teams of professionals working together via ICTs), and Health Research (e.g. use of high performance computing to handle large volumes of data).Based on the definition of eHealth, how can we define an eHealth strategy? A strategy by definition is a plan of action designed to achieve a major aim. Hence, a national e-health Strategy provides a framework and plan for national coordination and collaboration of various stakeholders to deliver quality healthcare services through the use of ICT. An eHealth strategy takes into consideration and/or leverages the existing healthcare and ICT landscape and ecosystem, manages the underlying variation in capacity across the health sector nationally, and allows scope for change as lessons are learned and technology is developed further. An eHealth strategy must be comprehensive, pragmatic and innovative. It must define eHealth as a broad domain which I mentioned above (Health Records, Vital Stats, mHealth, telemedicine etc.) to promote, support and strengthen healthcare.Liberia’s health information landscape is currently characterized by islands of information, many of which are paper based. And where automation exists, there is often a lack of interoperability between disparate systems. This has created significant barriers to the effective sharing of information between healthcare participants to support accessible, safe, quality healthcare, an issue compounded by Liberia’s multiple health service boundaries and geographic distances. Hence, a robust eHealth program plays a pivotal role in evolving the way in which healthcare is delivered in Liberia, empowering both citizens and professionals through better digital services and information. This will directly improve the outcomes of professional care, and at the same time provide essential support for effective self-care and health improvement by people in Liberia.The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications are expected drive and lead the development of Liberia’s eHealth Strategy in collaboration with other stakeholders. The development of the strategy will involve a series of national consultations with various stakeholders including general practitioners, medical specialists, nursing and allied health, pathology, radiology and pharmacy sectors, health information specialists, health service managers, researchers, academics and consumers. The input of a diverse group of stakeholders will be critical to informing the strategy and its priorities for eHealth in Liberia over a given period. Response to the Liberian eHealth Strategy will be coordinated through Steering committees or a Presidium and Technical Working Groups. Specific decisions about the next steps will occur in consultation with the strategic stakeholders. To ensure the best results there will be a need for ongoing communication and consultation with all stakeholders including Liberian public about a work plan to deliver on future decisions. Finally, effective monitoring of healthcare service delivery and overall performance of healthcare systems require functional health information systems capable of producing real-time information for decision making. This real-time information is driven by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) which has emerged globally, as a critical enabling mechanism in all sectors. Therefore, the amalgam of healthcare (e.g. health information management systems) and ICT guided by a robust eHealth Strategy for Liberia will usher in a new era of optimism about the capabilities of our healthcare ecosystem. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fans boycott Monday match as Dortmund held by Augsburg

first_imgThere was near silence from the half-full south stand, which normally holds 24,500, as the club backed the supporters’ silent protest.“We accept and respect that many spectators have stayed at home, we are against a further extension of the matchday and will bring the issue to the German Football League (DFL),” said stadium announcer Norbert Dickel before kick-off.“We are only for Monday games if there is a sporting reason.”The scenes in Dortmund came after Eintracht Frankfurt fans pelted the pitch with tennis balls against RB Leipzig last week in the first Monday game.Nevertheless, Germany star Reus had plenty to celebrate after claiming his second goal in only his third Bundesliga appearance since tearing a cruciate knee ligament in last May’s German Cup final.But the draw sees Dortmund stay a massive 19 points adrift of runaway leaders Bayern Munich in second place, after the defending champions had also dropped two points against Hertha Berlin on Saturday.“It’s annoying to end up with a draw after starting so well at home,” bemoaned Dortmund midfielder Mario Goetze.“We didn’t do enough with the ball we had and the performance wasn’t what we had imagined.“We’re normally spoiled with the support we get from the south stand and we are looking forward to having that support once more when the stadium is full again.”Dortmund’s opening goal on 16 minutes had ‘Made in Germany’ stamped all over it as three international team-mates combined.A lightening counter-attack from their own goal covered the length of the pitch in a matter of seconds.Goetze, who scored the winner in the 2014 World Cup final, slipped the ball to Andre Schuerrle, who had supplied the key cross in Rio de Janeiro four years ago.Schuerrle’s delivery to the far post in Dortmund was cut out by Augsburg’s Martin Hinteregger, but Reus, who started the breakaway, continued his run and tapped home the loose ball.Having dominated the first half, Dortmund rode their luck in the second and Augsburg grew in confidence.Michy Batshuayi, on loan from Chelsea, had an off night having scored five goals in his five previous Dortmund games since replacing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.After Brazilian midfielder Caiuby went close on multiple occasions, mid-table Augsburg deservedly drew level on 73 minutes.Kevin Danso escaped his marker at a corner and powered a header at Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki, who could only parry back to the Austria international.Danso needed no second invitation and tucked home his second goal of the season on the rebound from close range.The draw means Dortmund remain unbeaten in the Bundesliga since Stoeger replaced Peter Bosz as head coach in December.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marco Reus continued his excellent form with a goal but Dortmund were held by Augsburg © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZBerlin, Germany, Feb 27 – Marco Reus continued his fairytale comeback with a goal, but Borussia Dortmund were held to a 1-1 draw by Augsburg while fans protested against Monday football in the Bundesliga.Sub-zero temperatures at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park did little to lift the match played in an eerie atmosphere, although Peter Stoeger’s hosts did extend their unbeaten run to nine league matches.last_img read more

Germany beat Sweden to rescue WCup hopes

first_imgBefore that, a Kroos error had led to Ola Toivonen giving Sweden a 32nd-minute lead and even a Marco Reus equaliser early in the second half appeared to be only a temporary stay of execution for Joachim Loew’s men.But the rescue act from Kroos, who had endured another difficult night in the German midfield, is a huge lift to a side who saw Jerome Boateng sent off late in the game.They now have qualification for the last 16 back in their own hands ahead of their final Group F game against South Korea on Wednesday.There is still no guarantee that they will avoid the fate of the last two World Cup holders, with Spain four years ago and Italy in 2010 both being knocked out in the group stage.Not since 1938 have Germany been eliminated from the World Cup in the first round. However, this result, and the manner of it, will provide an almighty boost to the Germans and is a hammer blow to Sweden, who will face off with Mexico in their last match with all still to play for.Mexico’s 2-1 win over South Korea earlier on Saturday had ensured that Germany would be out in the event of a defeat, with a draw little better.Germany coach Joachim Loew wielded the axe following the shambolic 1-0 loss at the hands of Mexico with which they began their defence of the trophy, with the much-criticised Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira dropped while Mats Hummels missed out due to injury.Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy and Antonio Ruediger were among those who came into the team. But just like against Mexico, Germany’s usual composure was not there.– Sweden denied penalty –Toni Kroos celebratingSweden should have had an early penalty when Marcus Berg was released on goal and, at the point of shooting, was fouled by Boateng.Berg’s effort was saved by Manuel Neuer. Boateng played the man and not the ball, but there was no penalty given and no recourse to the Video Assistant Referee.It was a warning for the Germans, who were then dealt a body blow — literally — when Rudy was left with a bloodied nose after receiving a stray boot in the face.Ilkay Gundogan replaced him, coming in alongside Kroos, but it was the Real Madrid man who was at fault as Sweden went in front just a minute later.His pass was pounced upon by the Swedes, who sprung forward, Viktor Claesson picking out Toivonen to control on his chest and lift the ball over Neuer with the aid of a slight deflection.Loew sent on Mario Gomez in place of Julian Draxler at half-time, and it took just three minutes of the second half for the equaliser to arrive.Timo Werner’s low centre from the left was behind Gomez, who got a touch but not enough to put off Reus from bundling it in.They then set off in search of the winner, with Gomez twice coming close and fellow substitute Julian Brandt smacking a post late on.Boateng had already walked by then, seeing a second yellow in the 82nd minute for a foul on Berg.Hope looked to be gone, but then Kroos exchanged passes with Reus at a free-kick on the left edge of the box and sent a sweet strike into the far corner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Toni Kroos celebrates after scoring Germany’s late winner against Sweden in SochiSOCHI, Russia, June 23 – Toni Kroos rescued holders Germany from the brink of an unthinkable early World Cup exit here Saturday, curling home a sensational winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win over Sweden.The 10-man reigning champions were in deep trouble when Kroos stepped up to steer in his dramatic winner in the final minute of time added on at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium.last_img read more

Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast – the best bits: Tuesday, July 7

first_imgListen back to the highlights of Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. Alan Brazil and Brian Moore were joined on today’s show by John Barnes, Greg Rusedski and Geraint Jones.last_img

LFC fan in tears after loss, worst fans revealed and Giroud’s snog, marry, avoid

first_imgAs part of our build up to the new year, we reveal the most popular content on for every month of 2015. This time, it is our pick from May…BEST OF TALKSPORT.COM: MAY 2015MOST VIEWED STORYWhen Liverpool were thrashed 6-1 on the final day of the Premier League season, one supporter was distraught when he rang talkSPORT, calling for a new manager to restore the glory days. Listen to the ‘heart broken’ chap here.MOST POPULAR INTERVIEWBefore Arsenal’s FA Cup win, Olivier Giroud chatted with talkSPORT and played ‘snog, marry, avoid’ when discussing his team-mates. Find out the striker’s choices here.MOST POPULAR FEATURESteven Gerrard had a little dig at Chelsea supporters when he played against them explaining it was ‘nice of them to turn up for once’ as he received a standing ovation from the fans as he left the Stamford Bridge pitch. So talkSPORT decided to find out who fans thought were the WORST supporters, which you can see here.TALKSPORT.COM PICK OF THE MONTHLionel Messi was excellent against Bayern Munich in the Champions League as Barcelona sealed a place in the final. Later, the player revealed he was actually from another planet.*DISCLAIMER: The subtitles are about as accurate as Bayern Munich’s front line was against Barca. 1 Lionel Messi ‘revealed’ he is actually from another planet last_img read more

Park plans take off, 12 years later

first_imgSAUGUS When the county entered into an agreement in 1994 with a local school district to build a park next to Mountainview Elementary in Saugus, Bill Wittenberg’s then-6-year-old son was enrolled there. But 12 years later, the six-acre perch overlooking rolling canyons remained a weed-choked dirt lot, and Wittenberg’s son is now a 17-year-old junior in high school. “I have a kid that grew up in that school,” Wittenberg said Tuesday. “That’s not good.” The county Department of Parks and Recreation did not responded to calls for comment, but Tony Bell, spokesman for county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, said the Board of Supervisors will consider allocating $843,000 for the park this month. If approved, the construction could begin in August, with completion slated for October. “These improvements would provide a year-round recreation area for residents of this Saugus community,” Bell said. The park tentatively called Pacific Crest Park after the surrounding subdivision has been on the drawing board for more than a decade. Current plans include lawn and sprinklers, shade trees, benches and an 180-space parking lot shared with the elementary school. The Saugus Union School District signed a joint-use agreement with the county in March 1994, allowing Mountainview use of the facility. “There were several things we (would) like to do there,” said Bob Cutting, assistant superintendent for business at Saugus Union School District. “The county has been cooperative with us; it just hasn’t been funded by the county yet.” County officials said it took time to raise necessary funds from park fees paid for by developers. “The process has taken longer than we would’ve liked,” Bell said. “We are moving forward with a new park facility for the community.” Still, it’s not good enough for Wittenberg. “It was originally designed to be a full facility with bathrooms,” he said. “Now they’re saying all they can do is sprinklers and grass. I want the county to give the residents what they deserve. … Put in some swing sets.” The battle over Pacific Crest Park puts into focus the question whether the county has fulfilled its parks obligations for residents of unincorporated Santa Clarita Valley. The issue re-emerged last month when the Santa Clarita City Council voted to charge non-residents more to participate in city-run sports and parks program. The county maintains some parks and a sports complex in the surrounding unincorporated communities, with officials seeking to “complement” city programs. But city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said Santa Clarita has been carrying the recreation burden for most of the valley’s 215,000 residents. Ortiz said the city has subsidized participation from those who do not directly pay taxes to the city, paying for program and facility costs out of city coffers while the county contributes little. “It’s a one-sided partnership,” she said. In the 18 years since Santa Clarita incorporated out of communities of the 5th Supervisorial District, city officials have invested in at least a half-dozen new parks a new one opens about every 18 months, Ortiz said and upgraded old ones. “We inherited parks (from the county) that were in completed disrepair,” she said. Bell insisted the county parks officials are working with city officials to ensure all residents are served. “Throughout the county, our parks department works with incorporated cities and the unincorporated communities to ensure a symbiotic relationship, to ensure services are available to all our county residents,” he said. “We are striving for that balance.” (661)257-5253 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Paddy McDaid Memorial Honda Run this Sunday

first_imgHonda 50, 70 and 90 enthusiasts from all over Donegal are expected to gather in Glenswilly this coming Sunday, September 4, for the first Paddy McDaid Memorial Honda Run.Paddy was a well known Honda enthusiast who tragically passed away too early.The run is seen as a fitting tribute to this popular man who was widely known throughout the county. Registration for the run takes place from 12.30pm at Foxhall, Glenswilly and the run itself at 1.30pm sharp.Refreshments will be served in Foxhall afterwards with spot prizes on offer. There will also be vintage vehicles on display and all are welcome.All proceeds are in aid of the Glenswilly Chapel Building Fund. For further information contact Paul on (086) 825 9205 or Brendan (086) 379 1027Paddy McDaid Memorial Honda Run this Sunday was last modified: September 1st, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bikesglenswilly chapelHonda Runpaddy mc daidVintagelast_img read more


first_imgThis weekend in Arranmore the Boyle family presented a cheque of €7,000 to Donegal Hospice.A fundraiser was held in The Smugglers Night Club on 6th May in memory of ‘Wee Neilly’ Boyle. There was a full day of music, song and dance. A fantastic €6,883 was collected.The Boyle family would like to express their THANKS to each and every person who came along on the day, sent donations and sponsored prizes. Isabelle and Geraldine came from the Donegal Hospice to collect the cheque from the Boyle family. The Boyle family also presented a beautiful canvas photo of ‘Wee Neilly’s’ boat on it’s journey to Burtonport with Arranmore in the background.This photo will be displayed in the Donegal Hospice. BOYLE FAMILY SAY ‘THANK YOU’ FOR DONEGAL HOSPICE FUNDRAISER was last modified: June 23rd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgVoodoo Venue continues to earn rave reviews from those who frequent the popular nightspot and this weekend was no different. The newly renovated premises have been packed out every weekend since it re-opened and the popularity of Voodoo Venue and Vintage shows absolutely no signs of slowing down.With great music in both venues, classy decor, cocktails, champagne and VIP booths available, mean Voodoo Venue really is the only nightclub worth spending your weekend in. Every week Voodoo Venue in conjunction with Donegal Daily do a picture special.If your face is circled in the photos outlined below, you will win the following amazing prize.The prize is free entry for 4 this Saturday to Voodoo Club or Voodoo Vintage and get a free bottle of Prosecco on arrival.Scroll down now and see if you’ve won the prize. 🙂 VOODOO VENUE PICTURE SPECIAL: HAVE YOU WON THIS WEEK’S FANTASTIC PRIZE? was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsPicture Special: Voodoo Venuelast_img read more

‘He was a happy, gentle man’

first_imgA hardworking man whose family and home were the passions of his life, that is how Clarence “CB” Boswell will be remembered. A resident of San Fernando since the 1940s, Boswell died at home on July 31 from complications of emphysema and cancer. He was 80. “I think most of us will remember him saying over the phone, ‘When are you coming up?”‘ said son Ron Boswell. “He really enjoyed family gatherings. Dad loved people. I never heard him say anything bad about anybody. He was a quiet, hardworking, loyal and honest man.” Boswell went to work at age 13, picking cucumbers — for which he developed a lifelong aversion — to help out with family finances. He graduated from San Fernando High School in 1942, then worked construction jobs in downtown Los Angeles and in the oil fields of Avenal, Calif. During the 1940s, he worked for Bagman and Wells, making military flotation devices. He also worked at Lockheed in Burbank from 1944 to 1945, then took up the plastering trade, from which he retired in 1987. “He was a happy, gentle man,” said daughter Lenna Welling. “He had a glint in his eye when he smiled and a sheepish grin when he was going to tease you. He was so handsome and fun-loving. “From him I learned how to work hard and do the job right the first time. His philosophy was to not waste anything, especially money.” Clarence Everett Boswell was born on Jan. 12, 1925, in Branson, Mo. He moved to San Fernando with his parents and siblings in 1938. His mother was fearful of earthquakes and persuaded her husband to move back to Missouri. Boswell, however, chose to stay with his three older brothers. He met Mildred Straub on a blind date at a movie theater in San Fernando. They were married on Oct. 22, 1944. The couple bought a lot in 1948 in San Fernando, and, with the help of family members, Boswell built the family house. “He was a man of integrity,” said granddaughter Janette Duffy. “He was a simple man, but his knowledge ran deep. He was really proud of his part Native American heritage — Cherokee. His basic truth was family came first. He was really a classy character.” Boswell took pride in his home, including his carefully weeded dichondra front lawn and his backyard garden, where he grew tomatoes, green beans, radishes and strawberries. His pastimes were working crossword puzzles, rooting for the Lakers and playing pinochle and pitch. In his younger years, Boswell enjoyed bowling, dancing and going on camping trips with his family. His favorite music was country western, especially music by Marty Robbins, Patsy Cline, Gene Autry and Johnny Cash. Boswell is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mildred; his children, Lenna Welling, Mary Buitron and Ronald Boswell; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A daughter, Martha Weaver, and a son, Michael, preceded him in death. A funeral Mass was held on Wednesday at St. Ferdinand Roman Catholic Church in San Fernando. Boswell is buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills. Donations in his memory may be sent to lung or Alzheimer’s research. l=8s=8 Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more