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WSIS Stocktaking Success Stories 2015

International Telecommunication Union World Summit on the Information Society WSIS Stocktaking Processsw

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This report refers to 18 projects selected as the most successful stories worldwide under each category, to serve as best practice models to be replicated by other stakeholders interested in ICT for development.The WSIS Prizes 2015 contest represents an ideal platform for identifying and showcasing success stories and models that can be easily replicated, empowering communities at the local level, giving an opportunity to WSIS stakeholders to participate in the contest, and, in particular, recognizing the efforts of stakeholders in terms of the value they add to society and of their commitment to achieving the WSIS goals.

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E-health

Every day, people in sub-Saharan Africa die unnecessarily from infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, pneumonia and diarrhea. Chronic lifestyle diseases can also burden fragile health systems. According to the World Health Organization, there are 7.7 doctors for every 10 000 patients in South Africa. Only 17.4 per cent of the population in South Africa has Internet access. Many doctors and nurses, particularly in rural areas, cannot access the Internet to obtain life-saving information and clinical content for patient management.

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