Response #11 – Running with Rezwan in the Republic of Congo
I spent about an hour this morning running with Rezwan, a blogger from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I read his post, the first on the Republic of the Congo’s Global Voices page, before heading out into the crisp D.C. morning to reflect on his thoughts.
Rezwan’s post talked about how bloggers around the world are living AND writing about their experience living HIV positive. It is no surprise that 3/6 posts on the Republic of Congo’s GV page are about HIV/AIDS. Of the 33 million people in the world living with the disease, 22.4 million people are from the region, Sub-Sahara Africa – around two thirds of the global total.
After digging into the Global Voices Google map of HIV-positive bloggers, I found two more blog sites from Republic of the Congo also related to HIV/AIDS. Unfortunately they are both written in French and my command of that language is non magnifique.
Separated by the D.R.C. to the east, Rwanda had a post that was very relevant to our most recent class about how different parts of the world use technology differently, specifically Africa and mobile phone usage. (Nish, here is the answer to your question. There’s also more info here and here.)
With the sharp increase and steady incline of cell phone usage in Africa, the Rockefeller Foundation, the United Nations Foundation, and the Vodafone Foundation said that they will be encouraging projects (e.g. HIV/AIDS education to reminding people to get vaccinations) through the formation of the Mobile Health Alliance.
Looking across the Global Voices pages I saw several topics relevant to the country, but not necessarily by bloggers in that country, (hence “global voices”). I expected to see more home grown blogs featured on the site’s pages.
I enjoyed going from country to country, and having been to many of them, you do get a good idea of what is going on and what is important to those living there.