Power to the people: how open data is improving health service delivery

Following the recent Open Government Partnership Summit in London, there's a lot of excitement about opening up government data. What's really interesting is how this data can be utilised by citizens to enable them to make more informed choices and demand improved services in sectors such as health.

A growing community of technologists and social activists is emerging across Africa, supported by a burgeoning network of technology innovation hubs. They're beginning to explore the ways in which data can be utilised to improve health outcomes.

In Northern Uganda, the brutal Lord's Resistance Army conflict displaced two million people, leaving the social infrastructure in tatters. In 2008, the government launched a Peace, Recovery and Development Plan, but progress has been limited. There are insufficient health centres to serve the population, a severe shortage of staff, drugs and equipment, and corruption is widespread.

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