This programme focuses on the demand side of ICT for development, ensuring that citizens and communities are able to gain the most benefits from the installation and availability of ICT networks and services.
The purpose of this programme is to provide material support for the development of creative, innovative, and high value ICT activities within communities nationwide.
There are several facets to the programme, which form the basis for most projects implemented.
ICT for Sustainable Fishing
The project seeks to enhance the fishing activities of the various fishing communities and also improve yield.
Stakeholder engagement with the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen’s Council and the Fisheries Commission conducted on the use of ICT tools (i.e. the Fish-Finder technology) and satellite communication has led to the enhancement of the fishing experience of fishermen.
Emergency Call Center (112)
The Emergency Call Center serves as a bridge in emergency situations between the public and the nation’s security agencies.
The main goal of the Emergency Call Center is to ensure speedy responses to emergencies and also eliminate the inefficiencies in the system.
Presently, two emergency centres have been established in Accra and Kumasi to serve the Southern and Northern sectors with an additional three underway in Ho, Tamale and Takoradi.
Computerized Lab Test for Community-Based Health Planning Service (Chps) Centers
This project partners Ghana Health Service to implement the CHPS Centres programme nationwide.
The CHPS Centres is used to facilitate the performance of all routine lab tests in one system.
The devices used are Zevitt 120 Analyzer, Laptops, Scanners and Printers.
Disability Project for Schools
Three schools for the blind in Akropong, WA and Wenchi are the core beneficiaries of the disability project.
This project ensures that the physically challenged have equal access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in GIFEC’s quest to carry out its mandate without discrimination.
With hundreds of special equipment provided over the years to fit their needs, all three institutions have functional modern ICT Centres that allows students to undertake ICT lessons without encumbrance.
These institutions have benefited from special equipments such as the Braille display, Braille embossers, note takers, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), screen software, Braille translation software, and among others.
Several teachers have been trained in ICT under the Blind Union Capacity Building Programme to aid this project.
GIFEC is collaborating with the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service to ensure that the country benefits fully from an e-health project.
This will ensure that health delivery in the country is modernized to suit the growing health needs of the citizenry.
The purposes are to help improve equitable access to health care delivery, link selected regional and district health centers with Wide Area Network (WAN)
to facilitate the exchange of information and ensure speedy and faster provision of health services to people in communities where the doctor/ patient ratio is low.
Public Education on Electromagnetic Fields Exposure and Health
Since June 2010, GIFEC has embarked upon a series of public education on Electromagnetic Fields (EMF), exposure and health, with the aim of raising awareness on issues related to exposure limits as well as addressing communication challenges.
So far all the ten regional capitals and nine municipal/district capitals have been covered. Some of the towns that have so far include Obuasi, Tarkwa, Hohoe, Savelugu, Techiman, Navrongo, Swedru, Jirapa and Kintampo North.