The scenario of communication is changing very rapidly and information technology is becoming all pervasive development tools. Its impact from day to day life has become undeniable in almost all sectors. But the impact of communication technology in health care systems lags behind in Bangladesh. Here one observation in medical science is that early diagnosis can prevent many casualties in remote areas. Medical doctors have now the capability to use the Internet to route around the power structure and historic barriers to advance their goals and careers by networking together. But women of Bangladesh do not have equal opportunities of access to knowledge due to the fact that they do not have access to the new technologies at the same level as in European, America or elsewhere.

This paper describes a project, initiated in 1996, to strengthen the capacity of Association for Advancement of Information Technology (AAIT) in cooperation of the Commonwealth Science Council (CSC) and the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) based in a Commonwealth country in Africa. The main objective of the project was to train the senior woman scientists, technologists, researchers and medical doctors with new technology (ICT), and to utilize their gained knowledge in respective areas to enhance their activities. A survey conducted by AAIT identified their training needs. Training modules and materials were then designed in the context of Bangladesh. The regional programs were specially arranged for medical professionals who work in the rural clinics, hospitals and healthcare centre. Trained professionals are now utilizing their IT knowledge in the remote river islands using mobile vans or water vehicles (launch) equipped with necessary medical tools.

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Communication to solverem ote areas’ problems in Bangladesh through em power ment of women with information technology

Lutfor Rahman   ssiciation for Advancement of Information Technology (AAIT) - NGO registered with NGO Bureau, Govt. of Bangladesh

The scenario of communication is changing very rapidly and information technology is becoming all pervasive development tools. Its impact from day to day life has become undeniable in almost all sectors. But the impact of communication technology in health care systems lags behind in Bangladesh. Here one observation in medical science is that early diagnosis can prevent many casualties in remote areas. Medical doctors have now the capability to use the Internet to route around the power structure and historic barriers to advance their goals and careers by networking together. But women of Bangladesh do not have equal opportunities of access to knowledge due to the fact that they do not have access to the new technologies at the same level as in European, America or elsewhere.

This paper describes a project, initiated in 1996, to strengthen the capacity of Association for Advancement of Information Technology (AAIT) in cooperation of the Commonwealth Science Council (CSC) and the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) based in a Commonwealth country in Africa. The main objective of the project was to train the senior woman scientists, technologists, researchers and medical doctors with new technology (ICT), and to utilize their gained knowledge in respective areas to enhance their activities. A survey conducted by AAIT identified their training needs. Training modules and materials were then designed in the context of Bangladesh. The regional programs were specially arranged for medical professionals who work in the rural clinics, hospitals and healthcare centre. Trained professionals are now utilizing their IT knowledge in the remote river islands using mobile vans or water vehicles (launch) equipped with necessary medical tools.

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