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SAFOD, Partners Launch AT-Info-Map Project 

SAFOD, in collaboration with other three strategic partners, AfriNEAD and University of Washington, officially launched the Assistive Technology Information Mapping (AT-Info-Map) Project at an event held on 19 April 2016 at Masa Hotel, Gaborone, Botswana.
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All participants that attended the official launch of the AT-Info-Map Project in Gaborone.   Former Chairperson of Botswana Federation of the Disabled (BOFOD), Mr Neiso Modise (right), giving an opening speech.    A cross section of participants - including AT suppliers, DPOs, Government representatives, etc - during the launch event.  

Orientation Workshops 

After the project launch in 2016, a series of workshops and meetings followed in Botswana throughout the pilot phase in 2016 and 2017, to orient stakeholders on what the app would look like, and to collect feedback that would be used to improve the later versions of the app. 
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Orientation meeting with a social worker, a rehabilitation officer, and monitoring and evaluation officer in Kanye District, Botswana.   Orientation workshop with mostly social workers, rehabilitation officers, as well as nurses and clinical officers in Lobatse, Botswana.   Orientation workshop with mostly social and rehabilitation officers, and representatives of DPOs and other organizations in Ramotswa, Botswana.  

Networking Errands 

Throughout the pilot phase of the AT-Info-Map Project in 2016 and 2017, SAFOD partners - representatives of the University of Washington, AfriNEAD and Dimagi - visited Botswana on a number of the occasions to meet with stakeholders such as AT experts, government representatives and rehab centers.
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A representative of AfriNEAD Gubela Mji (left) and the two representatives of University of Washington Mark Harniss (centre) and Rebecca Matter in Gaborone.   Representative of University of Washington Mark Harniss (left) and SAFOD representative, George Kayange, at Thuto Boswa Rehab Centre in Ramotswa, Botswana.   On the way to meet strategic officials at the Ministry of Health & Wellness in Gaborone, who were identified as one of the most important stakeholders in the project.  

Assistive Technology Seminars 

SAFOD organized a number of national assistive technology seminars in selected countries. These seminars sought to engage stakeholders and inform SAFOD and its core partners about the issues related to AT access in the region and explore practical solutions to address identified challenges.
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AT seminar in Zambia in May 2018. A presentation of the AT-Info-Map App was one of several other presentations related to AT and break-away sessions to discuss challenges, opportunities, and solutions.   AT seminar in Namibia in August 2018. Deputy Minister of Disability Affairs, Alexia Manombe-Ncube (centre), gives a key-note speech, flanked by SAFOD Director General, Mussa Chiwaula (left).   AT seminar in Malawi in October 2018. A presentation on assistive technology, was one of several other presentations related to AT, and break-away sessions to discuss challenges, opportunities, and solutions.  

Community Outreach Activities 

As part of raising awareness about the app, the AT-Info-Map Project, and the assistive technology (AT) in general, SAFOD organize a series of the community outreach activities in Botswana in June-July 2018, where the project team distributed AT-Info-Map leaflets and undertook oriented the public on how to use the mobile map, about the project and AT.
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Community outreach activities at Game City Shopping Mall, Gaborone, Botswana.   Community outreach activities at Rail Park Shopping Mall, Gaborone, Botswana.   Community outreach activities at a shopping mall in Lobatse, Botswana.  

More Seminars, Workshops, Focus Group Meetings, Partners' Events  

Under this section, we feature more activities like seminars, workshops, research (focus group discussions), community outreach activities, and the international events where SAFOD and/or its core project partners were invited to make presentation(s) about the AT-Info-Map project.
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AT-Info-Map Country Admin for Zimbabwe, Patience Muronzi, organized an orientation workshop jointly with SAFOD in Harare that attracted different stakeholders in the AT sector.    Focus Group Discussion in Good Hope, Botswana, as part of monitoring and evaluation exercise in 2017 that took place in five countries, coordinated by our partner, AfriNEAD.   Dimagi representative, Rashmi Jagdish, giving a presentation on how CommCare works. This was during one of the scoping trips to Botswana during the pilot phase of the project.