Organic Health Response/Inveneo: Using the 'Net to fight AIDS in Kenya

The folks at Organic Health Response are doing really good stuff, using IT and environmental sustainability on Mfangano Island in western Kenya to work against HIV/AIDS across Lake Victoria.

Chwera Chwera MicroclincThey're working with Inveneo; their deal is to get IT, such as computers, telephony, and Internet access to those who need it most — people and organizations in rural and highly underserved communities of the developing world.

We're working with OHR and also Inveneo efforts in Haiti and the West Bank to learn how to better connect people across the world. They provide sustainable tech, including good bandwidth, to people who really need it. They're handling the practical problems of getting network towers up, negotiating with local government.

This was a big year for OHR:

• Established a streamlined referral and follow-up system for HIV/AIDS care and treatment, in partnership with UCSF Family AIDS Care and Education Services;

• Celebrated our 3rdAnnual World AIDS Day;

• Installed a 300-watt solar system, three Inveneo low-power workstations, with a Safaricom Internet Router to successfully provide free Internet access to all EK Members;

• Became the leading VCT center in enrollment for all of Suba District within the first three months of operation.

"We have worked for six months since we've opened the EK's doors, and I feel we have achieved a lot. Getting 740 members within six months is an achievement, to me. This is an achievement towards our mission. We are on the road to turning the tide against HIV/AIDS through ICT."

— Richard Magerenge, EK's executive director

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