Government Initiatives


Notes from e-2010 Conference Wasaw, Poland

Background Information on Uganda:

–       Uganda has an area of 236 040 Km2 and 69 administrative districts. 48% of the population of 31 367 972 is between 15 and 64 (median 15 years). English is officially the language with literacy of 67%.

–       ICT Sectors: Policy, Regulatory and Operational

–       Telecommunications has grown steadily since 1996, key player is the private sector.

Policy:  Ministry of Information and Communications and Technology, Est June 2006, with a mandate of providing strategic and technical leadership, overall coordination, support and advocacy on all matters of policy, laws, regulations and strategy for the ICT sector. The policy also ensure sustainable, efficient and effective development, harnessing and utilization of ICT in all spheres of life to enable the country achieve its national development goals.

–       Implementation of ICT initiatives: eGovernment, Technology-enhanced Learning, ehealth, ecommerce and ICT for Rural Development.


Ehealth Policy

–       Improving health care delivery through continuing medical education for rural health workers

  • Improving health care through continuing medical education (CME) for rural health workers by using ICTS and multimedia. Major focus is on gathering and repackaging high-quality health information for dissemation through ICTs. Training in the use of basic ICTs is provided.
  • eNetwork: Makerere University Faculty of Computing and information Technology has won an Africa Union bif to create an enetwork that will provide connectivity for Eastern and Central African countries to a pan-African network through fibre optics and wireless links. This will enable the sharing of resources such as BlackBoard digital learning software, backups and elearning course.

–       ICT Challenges: Limited infrastructural facilities pose challenges to implementing telemedicine. Cost of ICT equipment, level of awareness and skills of the potential users, technology compatibility and policy provisions amongst others.

–       Low IT literacy levels

–       Digital divide – high and unequal access to ICT facilities

–       High cost of access to internet, ICT equipment like computers and electricity, old mind set/culture and low levels of income.

–       Low computerization does not allow for Ugandas ICT policy for ehealth to run smoothly as it is difficult to implement when computers are hard to come by.

Up to date background stats (December 2011)

– 5.3 billion mobile subscribers across the globe and almost 90% of the worlds population covered by a wireless signal. 3.8 billion subscriptions in the developing world which makes up 73% of the subscriptions worldwide. Some areas in Africa and India number of phone subscribers surpasses one billion in 2010 and in some areas exceeds basic infrastructure, including paved roads, proper sanitation and electricity.