Information and communication technologies for the developing world.
Internet access is growing dramatically in the developing world. Satellite Internet connectivity and other wireless technologies eliminate the need for telephones for dial-up access, thus Internet connectivity has expanded to secondary cities and is steadily moving “up-country.” While access is generally estimated by the number of Internet subscriptions present in a country or among a population, in Africa and parts of Asia, Internet access grows not as a result of individuals or households purchasing computers and obtaining Internet subscriptions, but as a result of telecenters, cybercafes, community kiosks, and other “community access points” (CAPs). This issue of Health Communication Insights details how ICTs are being used today, challenges and opportunities presented by ICTs, and potential ICT applications for health communication programs. (excerpt)