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Shalala's Answers to Week 4 Questions
Aug 21st, 2007 - 03:55:47
My name is Shalala Oliver Sepiso from Zambia and I am the Executive
Director of Rescue Mission Zambia, a pioneer youth NGO that
mainstreams ICTs into programmatic work and has reproductive health
and HIV/AIDS as central working areas.
*Question 1*. How do we make sure that youth and Adolescent Sexual and
Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS issues are included in
+ This can only be ensured if youth are represented at all levels of
the National Response to HIV/AIDS. In Zambia this means that Youth
should be represented at the Community level, District Level,
Provincial Level, National Level and special structures such as the
Board of the National AIDS Council and Country Coordinating Mechanism
for the Global Fund.
+ Further there is need for declarations and results from meetings
that youth convene to be encoporated into the mainstream meetings.
This is in luine with government promises such as those made in Agenda
21, CRC, WPAY, African Youth Charter etc.
+ Lastly, the review of Strategic Plans of Action for the national
Response should be done with all stakeholders so that youth issues and
other related issues for the minorities are included in the main
*Question 2.* Which youth and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive
Health including HIV/AIDS issues should be included in local and
national development processes?
There is need for local solutions to be found for local problems and
so generalisations for youth problems or issues that should be
considered worldwide would not be valid here. However, youth
participation in the planning, implementation, M&E and restrategising
of the Plans is cardinal for the ensurance of the success we so much
crave in this sub-sector of Health. To however try and answer the
questions, issues of Prevention from Infection from HIV, Access to
ART, Social Transfers as a mitigation and Solution to Social Effects
of AIDS and as an Economic Solution to the Prevention of HIV Infection
is also key.
*Question 3.** * What role can young people play to facilitate the use
of ICTs in influencing the mainstreaming of ASRH/HIV/AIDS issues and
concerns into national development processes?
Firstly, youth can play the role of advocates for the use of ICTs.
Secondly, they should be social-entrepreneurs who come up with
innovate ICT solutions for the Health sector and indeed the the
HIV/AIDS subsector. This is because youth have less responsibilities
and they can take risks in coming up with these solutions which in
term help the whole community. Thirdly, youth xcan study about current
trends in the ICT sector and see how these can help solve the problems
faced in the Health Sector and indeed the HIV/AIDS sector. This will
involve researching, training, Strategic Technology Planning,
Benchmarking, software development, deployment of infrastructure etc.
Youth are already doing great things out there. It is just a matter of
asking for them to showcase this.
*Question 4.* Which ICTs do you see as "on the cutting edge" or have
great potential in *AFRICA* with regards to health particularly
+ From my experience, the cutting edge technologies which have a
potential of influence on the Health secto are CD ROM, Mobile Phone
Technologies and Web 2.0 technologies.
+ I disagree that Radio and TV have the potential because I think
their potentials have already been met and I doubt that there is gonna
been much new stuff or services or usage that can change attitudes or
dynamics of meeting people.
+ Mobile phones are all over the place and so if fully utilised, their
sheer affordability, easeness for deployment almost anywhere in Africa
means that they are a force to reckon with. With SMS and voice
recording, thiese can be used to record content in the field which can
the be sent by 3G to web-blogs on health. Vice versa, we can us the
tags for seraching content online and use voice programs to read the
web content to the mobile phone user who then can get responses from
the web easily despite not having GPRS etc.
+CD ROMs are very handy where there is not connectivity but content is
need for publishing. Issues of innovation and creativity being stifled
by patent laws can be sold by such attribtution licenses like Creative
Commons and this can gives as a tool which can be deployed all over
Africa. We Zambian youth are already trying something here.
+Web 2.) tools have a way of bringing us together and maimising the
impct of web tools in the sector. Usage of such tools like Chisimba
and Joomla, the former being the product of African developers at
University of Western Cape, allows us to collate, repackage and
disseminate content to the people out there on Health and HIV/AIDS. I
am currently attending a Regional Portal Workshop in Johannesburg
where this is being demonstrated and I already have ideas on how we
shall deploy this in Zambia in out HIV/AIDS work as youth.
Shalala Oliver Sepiso
Project Manager - Zambian NGOs eRiding Project
Former National Coordinator - YouthIT, Entrepreneurship and HIV/AIDS Project
(Cell) +260 977 930 921
(Fax) +260 211 25352
ssepiso (at) gmail.com
ssepiso (at) yahoo.co.uk