Information Technology for Uganda Medical Students



Enrich medical education by providing students with virtual libraries of information on handheld computers to complement current training and for field use upon graduation.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Access to current and reliable health information is impeded in Africa due to poor infrastructures and the high costs of Internet access, medical textbooks, and journal subscriptions. By supplying students at Makerere University School of Medicine with handheld computers, also known as PDAs, we are providing them with reference tools and drug databases that may be used during their studies and when treating patients in areas with no other access to lifesaving information.

How will this project solve this problem?

SATELLIFE will ship 700 donated PDAs loaded with reliable, relevant, and useful medical software with the goal of providing every medical student graduating from Makerere University with a working device.

Potential Long Term Impact

As practicing physicians, the PDA recipients will use their devices to access patient records, drug databases, treatment guidelines, medical dictionaries, and continuing education materials without leaving their patients for extended periods of time.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Watertown, MA, United States

Project Leader

Berhane Gebru

Director of Programs
Watertown, MA United States

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