Digital Communication Technologies in Health Care

Digital Communication Technologies (DCT's) are digital tools that allow two or more people to communicate with one another. These can be written, verbal, visual or audible communication.

January 22, 2018
1 Week


Prof. S. K. Pemba
Professor of Medical Education; Deputy Principal Academic Affairs
Dr. Albino Kalolo
Lecturer - Department of Community Medicine; Dean faculty of Medicine
Dr. Martina Herman
Lecturer - Department of Internal Medicine
Dr. Nicholas J. Kavana
Lecturer - Department of Medical Parasitology & Entomology
Dr. Beatrice Chipwaza
Lecturer - Deprtment of Medical Biochemistry
Dr. Osborne Nyandiva
Lecturer - Department of Medical Pathology
Dr. Doreen Donald Kamori
Lecturer - Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Sylvester A. Ndegese
Computer Systems Analyst - ICT Dept.


Lecture Hall II - Bishop Patrick Iteka Complex   View map


Short Course




Medical Students

The future

It has been predicted that by 2017 there will be ‘‘more mobile phones than people’’ on the planet! Currently three-quarters of the world’s population have access to a mobile phone.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that m-health has the potential to transform the face of health service delivery across the globe (Beratarrechea et al, 2014)

Development of a Digital Communication Technologies Course at SFUCHAS

SFUCHAS and Warwick University developed their first course on the Use of DCT in Health Care in July 2017.

The DCT course was designed for delivery as an ON-LINE or as BLENDED LEARNING in order to:

  • Provide opportunity for hands on training in the use of digital communication as part of the course
  • Allow for delivery remotely so extending the potential uptake of the course

The course included a variety of case examples on the use of digital communication from UK and from sub-Saharan Africa which could be adapted in different contexts

The course emphasised on the following principles: confidentiality, consent,  professional boundaries and response times

The course was designed to run as a short course (non-credit bearing for health workers.)

Discussions are ongoing to seek approvals from the MOHCDGEC and TAMISEMI to run it as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course for the entire country

We will also liaise with the Tanganyika Medical Council to ensure tie in with their developments

To improve service delivery processes, SFUCHAS and Warwick will need to actively engage a wide variety of people such as clinicians, administrative staff, patients and user groups

The overall aim is to ensure that the course is accepted by all the major health professional bodies and beneficiaries