Country of Operation
- International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD)Not-for-profit
- Christian Social Services CommissionNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryAfya Mtandao unites Tanzanian health workers and promotes the use of ICT in the health sector by providing a knowledge-sharing platform for health workers, raising awareness of ICT in the health sector and providing ICT support services for health institutions.
AfyaMtandao’s main objectives are to: • Set up a network- create an organizational nucleus around which members can exchange knowledge, share experiences and innovate ICT in the field of health care delivery in Tanzania. • To assure timely and effective technical ICT support to its members through local training of staff members and ICT support service providers and stimulate the development of a pool of consultants.
Key program components
Health workers in Tanzania experience difficulties in accessing and sharing health-related information. The use of ICT will increase access to this information, improving the efficiency and effectiveness health care delivery. AfyaMtandao promotes the use of ICT in the health sector, by providing a knowledge sharing platform for health workers, raising awareness on ICT for Health, and by providing ICT support services for health institutions. Afya Mtandao, Tanzania’s national ICT for Development (ICT4D) health network, is testing a new social health website. With the website, hospitals and health institutions using ICT tools can share their experiences and read news about ICT in the health sector.
Afya Mtandao (Swahili for Health Network) - was officially launched in January 2008 in Mwanza, Tanzania. It is a network under Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC), an umbrella organization of church institutions. It was established in 2008 to facilitate the provision of health services in Tanzania through the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). Afya Mtandao focuses on Health Knowledge Sharing, and ICT support services for health institutions.