ICTS and Their Role in Health Promotion: A Preliminary Situation Analysis in Selected Botswana Rural Communities

Motshedisi B. Sabone (University of Botswana, Botswana), Keitshokile D. Mogobe (University of Botswana, Botswana) and Tiny G. Sabone (University of Botswana, Botswana)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 15
EISBN13: 9781466602120|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-117-1.ch001
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Abstract

This chapter presents findings of mini-survey that utilized an exploratory descriptive design to examine the accessibility, affordability, acceptability, and utility of ICTs with specific reference to health promotion for selected rural communities. Specifically, the study focused on access to radio, television, mobile phone, and Internet services at a level of effort and cost that is both acceptable to and within the means of a large majority in a given village. The findings indicate that ICTs gadgets explored have opened up possibility for health services and information to reach even people in the rural areas. Ultimately, access affects the general well-being of individuals. One of the major initiatives under the umbrella of health is improving access to health services and information; and this covers among other things, expanding the delivery of health information through the radio and television. This study confirms breakthrough in this respect. Challenges that accompany the use of these ICT gadgets include no connectivity in some areas and lack of training to use them.
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