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DIGITAL HEALTH & FOOD REVOLUTION for Children's Health in Africa

A project from i-MED vision, e.V.
in Gansbaai, South Africa

To improve children's health in southern Africa, on-site trainings are combined with an internet-based educational portal. Medical knowledge is available to parents, caregivers, educators and nurses at all times.

B. Reckhardt
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About this project

DIGITAL HEALTH & FOOD REVOLUTION for Children's Health in Africa
The goal of i-MED vision is to improve the health and development of children in the townships of southern Africa using sustainable methods.

Every year, 6.2 million children under the age of 5 die worldwide from the consequences of preventable diseases. In South Africa, this amounts to 80,000 children every year. Most of these children could be saved through targeted education and education of the population.

For this reason i-MED vision develops a new and unique educational and consulting concept, which improves basic medical knowledge and access to medical care. It enables people to detect warning symptoms of serious illnesses, to notice developmental abnormalities, visual or hearing impairments as well as signs of violence and sexual abuse, and to seek medical help in enough time to save the children.

The founders of i-MED vision are Dr. med. Bärbel Reckhardt, pediatrician and Professor Markus Reckhardt, specialist in neurology and psychiatry, chief physician of a neurological clinic and lecturer in medical informatics at the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus.

We have both been involved in development cooperation in southern Africa for more than 20 years and have been able to show in initial pilot projects that the use of digital technologies can improve development support in a sustainable manner. In order to be able to use the mobile devices as an easy method of education, there should be a training conducted to ensure understanding. Also, the educational tools must be adapted to the needs, educational level, and language of the target group.

Thus, the use of modern information technology for basic medical education and community support is the key to successful development cooperation.