Tech Solutions for Covid-19

Thank you Barrack.

Indeed we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Africa has dealt with a
pandemic before and community based solutions worked well in the case of
Ebola. How can such initiatives like expand to the villages? Can
the government work with ushahidi to provide data for mapping? They are
already collecting this data and following the leads for testing. I wish
such mapping could also help kenyans make judgements on their commuting.

I like the way this situation has forced people to embrace technology. My
mum’s vicar delivered her sermon last sunday through youtube. But
unfortunately the situation also exposes inequality of internet access. You
know the experience of streaming youtube videos on safaricom bundles. They
vanish no sooner than!

@wash waiting for your views on how the tech community can help.

On Sat, Apr 4, 2020 at 12:11 PM Barrack Otieno <[email protected]>

> Dear Liz and listers,
> My responses in line
> On Sat, Apr 4, 2020 at 9:54 AM Liz Orembo via kictanet <
> [email protected]> wrote:
>> Good morning listers,
>> The senate has established an ad-hoc committee that will oversee the
>> responses of the national and county governments to the covid 19 pandemic.
>> The committee has issued a call for submissions on the following themes.
>> 1. *Health *- includes community health, testing centers, mental
>> health, role and engagement of county governments.
>> *BO : Instead of re-inventing the wheel why don’t we coalesce around
> efforts such as COVID-19.Ke. You cannot manage what you don’t know, we need
> to know areas that have been hit the hardest to ensure correct measures are
> taking to avoid any further spread. The Ushahidi platform on the above link
> can help us to monitor and control the spread of COVID-19.*
>> 1. *Economic and Finance Issues – *Includes macro economic effects,
>> measures that the government can take to cushion SMEs and borrowers.
>> *BO: The government has an elaborate structure from the County
> Commissioners to Chiefs to Chairman of Nyumba Kumi. We can encourage
> sharing for information through Whatsapp to identify needy cases, those
> that might need food and other humanitarian support to survive. I propose
> that Whatsapp be made totally free on all Networks to facilitate
> communication.*
>> 1. *Social, Public order and Human Rights – * Includes protection of
>> vulnerable groups, and enforcement of curfews
>> *BO : We need to combine Government and Community Structures to
> continuously inform, educate and possibly find ways of entertaining the
> Community in ways that will result in behavior change. Over communication
> is the key word.*
>> 1. *Access to Food, Water and other basic commodities *Includes
>> measures to support continuous production and supply of essential services
>> at affordable prices. Food, water etc
>> *BO : encourage citizens to utilise available resources carefully.
> Encourage citizens to take care of each other within local communities and
> share what they have while maintaining the guidelines that will avoid the
> spread of the pandemic.*
>> 1. *Support services and cross cutting issues – *Includes awareness
>> creation, how to combat stigmatization and network access across the
>> country.
>> *BO . As indicated above let us coalesce around initiatives such as
> <>, the hrose has already bolted, we cannot
> start new initiatives , let us bolster existing initiatives.*
>> Listers, what are your views? How can ICTs help in these 5 areas? and
>> how can the government improve its communication and network connectivity
>> across the country?
>> Please find attached the call for public participation with more details.
>> The deadline for submission is 8th April.
>> —
>> Best regards.
>> Liz.
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