I will present the latest from the Wikipedia Offline Medical Pilot (WOMP) in partnership with The Africa Center pilot in Nigeria. Through this pilot, healthcare providers at 20 medical clinics in Nigeria will have a Wiki Medicine hotspot and training that will allow them to use Wikipedia and other knowledge in their medical practice. The objective is to understand the health, technological, and informational needs in Nigeria and determine if the offline Wiki Medicine hotspot would be a useful tool.
The offline medical Wikipedia pilot study will determine the efficacy of medical knowledge in a box. It has the potential to have short-term successes that can provide a pathway to future rollouts of the offline Wiki Medicine hotspot across Africa, Asia, and South America. It will also serve as an additional tool to support efforts to improve healthcare provider performance, as well as a model to make other Wikipedia content accessible to people who are offline.
This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner:
- In the pursuit of knowledge equity, we will focus our efforts on the knowledge and communities that have been left out by structures of power and privilege - including those without reliable internet. We will support knowledge as a service by delivering open knowledge through new interfaces in a practical, impactful environment - medical clinics.
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
- A better understanding of the offline scene in Nigeria especially in the healthcare related environment.
- Jack Rabah, Wikimedia Foundation
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