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Youssou N'Dour and IntraHealth Release Charity Album to Support Health Workers in Africa

  • Friday, February 13, 2009
    Youssou N'Dour and IntraHealth Release Charity Album to Support Health Workers in Africa

    Youssou N'Dour is partnering with IntraHealth International, the non-profit working to promote sustainable, accessible health care around the world, on a charity album titled OPEN Remix. It will benefit a new IntraHealth OPEN Initiative, created to address critical health issues in Africa by putting the latest open-source software technologies directly in the hands of health workers.

    A number of musicians, including Nas, Duncan Sheik, and Peter Buck of R.E.M., have joined Youssou in the effort and have donated remixes of his song "Wake Up (It's Africa Calling)," from his most recent Nonesuch release, Rokku mi Rokka (Give and Take), to raise funds and visibility for the new initiative. Downloads of the songs are available now for free at intrahealth.org/open, where you can also learn more about the organization and make a suggested donation to support its efforts.

    IntraHealth OPEN is a global initiative that engages technology, health leaders, and students to develop and sustain software applications tailored to meet urgent health care needs. The project looks to strengthen African health professionals' ability to put appropriate technology solutions to use, thereby making health services more cost-effective and accessible.

    "The IntraHealth OPEN Initiative will foster a new generation of technology professionals, eHealth workers, and national leaders who understand, use, and support open technologies to improve health," said IntraHealth's CEO Pape Gaye.

    "Open-source technologies let us address health challenges collaboratively with African developers in the lead," said N'Dour. "If we invest in open-source development training in Africa we will be supporting self-sufficient health professionals able to use technology and customize programs to address their critical health challenges."

    Learn more about how you can get involved at intrahealth.org.

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on February 13, 2009 - 11:29am
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Youssou N'Dour is partnering with IntraHealth International, the non-profit working to promote sustainable, accessible health care around the world, on a charity album titled OPEN Remix. It will benefit a new IntraHealth OPEN Initiative, created to address critical health issues in Africa by putting the latest open-source software technologies directly in the hands of health workers. Nas, Duncan Sheik, Peter Buck, and other artists have joined Youssou in the effort, donating remixes of his song "Wake Up (It's Africa Calling)" to raise funds and visibility for the new initiative.

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Youssou N'Dour is partnering with IntraHealth International, the non-profit working to promote sustainable, accessible health care around the world, on a charity album titled OPEN Remix. It will benefit a new IntraHealth OPEN Initiative, created to address critical health issues in Africa by putting the latest open-source software technologies directly in the hands of health workers.

A number of musicians, including Nas, Duncan Sheik, and Peter Buck of R.E.M., have joined Youssou in the effort and have donated remixes of his song "Wake Up (It's Africa Calling)," from his most recent Nonesuch release, Rokku mi Rokka (Give and Take), to raise funds and visibility for the new initiative. Downloads of the songs are available now for free at intrahealth.org/open, where you can also learn more about the organization and make a suggested donation to support its efforts.

IntraHealth OPEN is a global initiative that engages technology, health leaders, and students to develop and sustain software applications tailored to meet urgent health care needs. The project looks to strengthen African health professionals' ability to put appropriate technology solutions to use, thereby making health services more cost-effective and accessible.

"The IntraHealth OPEN Initiative will foster a new generation of technology professionals, eHealth workers, and national leaders who understand, use, and support open technologies to improve health," said IntraHealth's CEO Pape Gaye.

"Open-source technologies let us address health challenges collaboratively with African developers in the lead," said N'Dour. "If we invest in open-source development training in Africa we will be supporting self-sufficient health professionals able to use technology and customize programs to address their critical health challenges."

Learn more about how you can get involved at intrahealth.org.

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