ICT for Health and Wellbeing

SPIDER’s programme on ICT for Health and Wellbeing focuses on how technology can best be used for better health and wellbeing, especially in communities where financial resources are scarce or health systems need support to meet the needs of people.

Access to services

When health information is accessible in concise and simple format, in the palm of your hand through a mobile phone or at a data-lab in a trusted community centre or radio station, it can assist and encourage people to make informed decisions about their health. Digital devices can enable the detection of ill-health earlier, and perhaps most importantly, help to signpost services in local community that can provide quality care, advice and treatment.

SPIDER’s experience shows that a projects benefits greatly from:

  • Local content with relevant representation
  • Combining entertainment and creative learning with information (radio, games etc)
  • Technology that cuts costs and evades physical barriers to outreach efforts and makes possible peer-to-peer support

Networking & Collaborations

SPIDER’s experience in connecting key organisations, companies, authorities, advocates and researchers has led us to develop an extensive network method, which we make use of in the Health & Wellbeing programme.

  • Health Systems approach:
    Recognising that the delivery of quality health services is reliant on many different actors; health workers, funders, technology, insurance companies, policy and law makers and patient group representatives among other
  • Connecting expertise:
    SPIDER’s ICT4Health Network connects different expertise to complement and enhance different projects, enable professional development and make possible peer-to-peer learning
  • Pooling of resources:
    Making use of and sharing methodology, equipment, knowledge or specialist skills across network membership to utilise technology for more efficient and effective health service delivery and for the attainment of SDG 3 & 17 (Agenda 2030)

Use and add to health data

The Health Programme is designed to record, encourage and enable people in key communities to actively feed into health data, statistics, policy and strategy on health. This can happen through the development of innovative technology assisting front line health workers to carry out tasks more efficiently, inter-operable systems which link different health projects and community owned programmes are scaled to enable technology to work for health.

  • “Nothing about us, without us”:
    SPIDER actively works with the Digital Investment Principles, among which the need to develop solutions with the end user is central. Whether the ICT is to be used by clinicians, or community health workers, their involvement at early stage of ICT development is necessary.
  • Evidence based interventions.
    Programme implementation incorporates the aspect of proper research to establish need, monitor progress and evaluate results.
  • People focused ICT use:
    SPIDER works with ICT in a development context and therefore it is not the introduction of mobile phones or digital platforms that is the solution to any challenge, but how human beings use technology to better meet communities’ needs and improved health.

Get connected

SPIDER establishes webs of collaboration and we are always interested in collaboration that meets our programme and organisational aims.

SPIDER is also part of the Global Digital Interoperability Group led by WHO, USAID, and PATH International

ICT4Health & Wellbeing Network

SPIDER’s ICT4Health & Wellbeing Network consists of project partners and meets twice a year.

Network partners collaborate and share resources. They inform and update each other on their respective organisation’s progress and coordinate sustainability plans.

Read more about our partners and see where we are supporting Digital Health efforts. CLICK HERE

ICT4Social innovation Network

The Pan-African ICT4 Social Innovation Network is co-founded by SPIDER and our partner iHub Ltd and unites Social Innovation through ICT under Agenda 2030 goals for education, health and rights.

Network members represent Civil Society Organisations, Private and Public organisations, Researchers, Technical engineers and software developers who in an innovative way use ICT for social good.

The Network unites actors, highlights gaps and opportunities for social innovation through ICT and is organised in sub-regional forums where events, workshops and training opportunities are organised by members.

Let’s collaborate!

SPIDER is an independent centre with extensive experience in the ICT 4 Development sphere. We are a public organisation and work in a transparent and accountable manner to give advice, map relevant partners and find evidence of ICT being a tool in international development. Contact us for any of the following:

ICT4D/ICT4Health insights

SPIDER can take part in panel discussions, tailor lectures or signpost you to experts with relevant know-how and experience in the field.

Project/programme collaboration

SPIDER is happy to partner on relevant projects and programmes, coordinate initiatives or be part of consortium funding.


If you believe SPIDER would be a valued partner in a Network focusing on ICT, Development or Health, please contact us


SPIDER welcomes tools, reports and media that is for benefit to our partners or the general public.

If you have anything you think we should share, please contact us.

Health Projects

Cervical Cancer Screening in Uganda 2021

Spider has supported the use of telehealth for cervical cancer screening and care in Uganda since 2018. The project has scaled from two to five sites, giving access to better screening for cervical cancer in rural areas and quicker expert feedback to satellite...

WHO and SPIDER sign MoU to strengthen Health Information Management in Somalia

This collaboration is a good starting point for engagement with key actors working to strengthen Somalia’s health system. An integrated HIMS ought to serve the needs of all actors in a health system. A multi-stakeholder approach is key to achieve consensus that...

SPIDER partners with two Somali organisations for the HADDA project

SPIDER together with the Somali Federal Ministry of Health has partnered with the two organisations, Kasmodev and SIDRA, to support the HADDA project.SPIDER together with the Federal Ministry of Health, has partnered with the two Somali organisations, Kasmodev and...

SPIDER starts work in Somalia

SPIDER work will expand to Somalia with this brand new initiative supported with funds from the Somalia desk at the Swedish embassy in Nairobi.  SPIDER is pleased to announce the start of a Digital Health initiative to develop a Health Information Management...

Can telehealth be an option for increasing cervical cancer screening rates in Kenya?

Early detection of cervical cancer is one of the best ways to ensure successful treatment. Yet only 3.2% of Kenyan women aged 16-68 were screened for cervical cancer in 2012.

Time to ensure that technology is a tool for adolescent peer-to-peer support and HIV prevention, care and treatment

SPIDER and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance announce an innovative new partnership exploring ICTs to use for peer-to-peer support and tools for HIV prevention, care and treatment.

SPIDER supports mobile solution to improve maternal and child health in Ethiopia

SPIDER enters a partnership with Amref Health Africa with a project using mobile solutions to give pregnant women and their children access to health services in Amhara, Ethiopia.

Rwandan health care system ready for telehealth in cervical cancer screening and care

With ICT friendly policy makers, digitalised and connected hospitals Rwanda is ready to use telehealth for cervical cancer screening and care.

African Networks Join Forces for Innovation and Development

AfriLabs, network of African technology labs, joins forces with pan-African ICT4Social Innovation Network, to unite key sectors for digitally advancing health, education and rights across the continent.

Women in Zambia want Telehealth services to cater for pressing health needs

On International Women’s Day 2017 SPIDER, The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions, is proud to launch a report with significant input from women living with diagnosed cervical cancer, key decision makers and different healthcare workers in Zambia. Zambia has...

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