A Malawian software engineer working as Director of Public Health Informatics PHI at Baobab Health Trust -BHT Soyapi Mumba has described his recent experience at the 2017 TED conference as enriching.
Since 1984 and presented in 100 different languages, TED Talks target different issues in disciplines such as Technology, Entertainment and Design.
Mumba was the only Malawian TED fellow shortlisted to deliver a talk and his presentation focused on how “home grown low-cost systems” have helped to promote use of electronic medical records in most of the country’s health facilities.
Mumba also shared the stage with William Kamkwamba -A boy who harnessed the wind for energy generation is kasungu and was invited as guest to speak about his 10 year life experience after his wind capturing innovation talk at the same conference in 2010.
“Like every passionate software engineer out there, I closely follow technology companies in Silicon Valley, pretty much the same way soccer fans follow their teams in Europe.
I read articles on tech blogs and listen to podcasts on my phone to follow technology news and trends, but after I finish the article, lock my phone, and unplug the headphones, I’m back in sub-Saharan Africa where the landscape is not quite the same”. Reads the first paragraph of Mumba’s script which he presented to over 700 delegates who filled the auditorium in Arusha.
Mumba demonstrated how the electronic medical systems EMRS which Baobab Health Trust Team put together has created a solid foundation for patient’s data management and records tracking.
At present BHT is scaling up the systems.
Photos; Bret Hartman / TED