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ICTs for Health in Africa.

Shekar, Meera

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Countries in Africa spend significant amounts of their GDP on delivering health services through systems that are often inefficient, costly and lacking in transparency. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have the potential to transform the delivery of health services across the continent in ways that not only increase efficiency but also improve accountability (World Bank, 2004). ICTs present a large, unexploited potential for transforming governance and transparency in the health sector in Africa to achieve 'more health for money spent' and thereby improve the efficiency of health spending, both domestic- and donor-financed.


Washington, D.C. : World Bank, 2014.

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"This document, on the use of ICTs for Health in Africa, was prepared by Meera Shekar of the World Bank and Kate Otto (consultant). It is a summary of the full sector study which was carried out by a team from Vital Wave Consulting led by Nam Mokwunye and supported by Bethany Murphy, Rick Doerr and Brendan Smith. The full report is available at This document forms chapter six of the publication edited by Enock Yonazi, Tim Kelly, Naomi Halewood and Colin Blackman (2012) "eTransform Africa: The Transformational Use of ICTs in Africa."

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