Quick progress report on the main reason I’m volunteering here: iHRIS Malawi !!!
I expected working on an IT project in a developing country to be tough. But it’s been more difficult than I initially anticipated, for a variety of reasons.
As of last week, we have a temporary server running and available on the Internet. It’s hosted by the Kamuzu College of Nursing, which has a good infrastructure. Actually, the best I’ve seen since arriving.
Please check it out; But don’t break it or hack it because I will come after you! I’d be interested to see if the connection works outside of Malawi.
Without getting overly geeky, there’s also our project on Launchpad: ihris-moh-malawi. Launchpad is a development (programming) tool used by many open source projects.
Here’s a photo of some (working) computers we have stacked up in our modest office at the Ministry of Health Headquarters. Thanks to Judy for the well-used labels 🙂
The small black/white/red device on the left of the photo is our daily lifeline – the Internet! It’s a MTL MiNET router and works on WiMAX technology, which I never heard of before coming here. It’s expensive and rather unstable (to say the least!) but crucial to our work.
iHRIS is a web-based system after all!