The mHero Story

In August 2014, the largest-ever outbreak of Ebola was growing in West Africa. There were about 2,000 reported cases in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, and the number was rapidly rising.

Health sectors were overwhelmed, and health officials had no way of reaching health workers in real time with critical, lifesaving information.

Staff from IntraHealth International and UNICEF participated in a teleconference to brainstorm ways that health workforce information systems and mobile platform interoperability could be used in the future to allow for real-time, two-way communication.

The conversation quickly took on a life of its own as the collaborators committed to developing an interoperable platform that could immediately support ministries of health and health workers in tackling the existing Ebola outbreak. They envisioned a platform that could draw data from across different information systems and use those data to send and receive targeted messages using health workers’ mobile phones.

Within a few weeks, the UNICEF Innovation Lab in Kampala, Uganda, hosted a hackathon. They invited IntraHealth (with support from USAID’s K4Health project), Jembi Health Systems, and ThoughtWorks to develop the platform with the goal of creating use components of the OpenHIE architecture to link several software systems together.

At the hackathon, developers were able to link data from three separate systems (iHRIS, DHIS 2, and RapidPro) to prove the concept. Because they used the open data exchange standards from OpenHIE, the model they developed would be readily replicable in multiple countries and contexts.

Early in the development and testing phases, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Liberia expressed interest in implementing mHero both to address the ongoing Ebola outbreak and to strengthen health-sector communication and the country’s health system for the long run.

IntraHealth and UNICEF worked together in Liberia to engage national stakeholders, structure and design the mHero approach according to Liberia’s needs, help adapt the technology in the country, and build institutional capacity within the ministry to guide and manage mHero. In December 2014, the ministry pilot tested mHero. They sent messages to 289 health workers, 57% of which responded.

Since then, IntraHealth, UNICEF, and other stakeholders have helped the ministry improve and scale the platform.

Multiple donors and technologists are collaborating to improve and introduce mHero in other countries.

All banner photographs on the mHero website are by Trevor Snapp or Clement Tardif for IntraHealth International.

Mekong ICT Camp 2013 is now launching !

UPDATE: Participants are welcome from EVERY countries and territories.

The bi-annual workshop-camp designed for the individuals and groups who are committed to ICT4D (information, communication and technology for development). Herein we start to accept the application for its 2013 camp, the third of its kind after 2008 and 2010.

Apply :

XAMPP 1.7.4 now with Tomcat JSP

The only problem is the Tomcat’s start and stop does not included in the XAMPP GUI manager. If you want to Start or Stop you have to do it manually run “\xampp\tomcat\catalina_start.bat” or “\xampp\tomcat\catalina_stop.bat” to stop.

One more problem that you have to install JDK.
If you have installed JDK but
when running catalina.bat to start Tomcat, get the following error … [XAMPP]: Searching JDK HOME with reg query … ! REG.EXE VERSION 3.0 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Development Kit CurrentVersion REG_SZ 1.5 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java …

Please check the path where you installed JDK is correct with regedit command.
Then go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Development Kit, and check the JavaHome value

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FreeMED is an FOSS EMR system based on LAMP. The FreeMED project was officially started in 1999 and is a direct descendent of AMOS (automated medical office system) started in 1983. FreeMED is mainly written in PHP, and makes heavy use of MySQL database engine. Its interface is primarily web-based.

FreeMED stores and represents its medical data as a group of “modules”, which consist of a database model and a user interfaces. Each of the disparate modules are then virtually connected together by means of relational database table fields referencing other modules and basic patient demographics. This allows FreeMED to add and remove core database functionality by adding and removing modules without having to reprogram its interface.

FOSS4SME – Free/Libre Open Source Software guide for SMEs

FLOSS (Free/Libre open source software) is one of the most important trends in information technology since the advent of the personal computer and commodity software. Despite documented successes however, FLOSS dissemination and awareness, especially among small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) and business intermediaries around the world, are still limited. This is particularly relevant for emerging regions such as Southeast Asia.

Therefore, “it@foss – Promoting Free and Open Source Software in Southeast Asia”, a joint initiative of the International Open Source Network ASEAN+3 and InWEnt Capacity Building International of Germany, has built on related EU funded initiatives (“FLOSSMETRICS” and “Open TTT”) to develop a Southeast Asian edition of the “Free/Libre Open Source Software guide for SMEs” under the label of FOSS4SME.

We are very pleased to present FOSS4SME as a set of guidelines and suggestions for the adoption of open source software within SMEs. Founded on open source software, this catalog aims to support SMEs – from the initial selection, adoption , and creation of suitable FLOSS business models.


Kinyei is an organization based in Battambang, Cambodia which supports social projects and grassroots enterprise with social media and its platforms for volunteer engagement.

Kinyei aims to be a junction point for people who want to engage social projects around the world from wherever they are. By connecting people who want to help with people and projects that need them, Kinyei helps informal, community and non government organizations access the wealth of human resources available in today’s interconnected world, and provides individuals who want to make a difference with avenues to make real contributions.