This endeavor was started by Dr. (Prof) Seble Frehywot and Dr. (Prof) Yianna Vovides. It stemmed from three simple visions. The first: that IT, in its various manifestations, can enhance equity for health and education systems, around the globe. The second: that artificial intelligence is propagating and, if embraced, it can be useful within our expertise areas; however, if we, as experts in health and educations systems equity, do not partner with those working on the ai algorithms, the ai solutions implemented in these spaces may be detrimental. The third: that more work/research needs to be done (including artificial intelligence based research) regarding various forms of e-pedagogy and e-andragogy to utilize e-learning as an equity tool for building Low and Middle Income Countries health and education systems .

How are we moving forward?

One way we are leveraging IT to enhance manifestation of equity in health and education systems is by utilizing IT communication portals to build Communities of Practice (CoP) around community based health and education systems. To this end, we are launching the Peoples Webinar series to utilize IT to address the challenges in health and education systems.

How can I get involved?

If you would like to contribute to this effort, please reach out to us by emailing Dr. Seble Frehywot (itfhese@gmail.com).

In addition, Dr. Yianna Vovides is leading an exploratory study to better understand how distance/remote instruction is implemented in a time of crisis and beyond. The study aims to investigate the emergence of possible new models for distance education based on the models that were available before COVID19. Learn more and participate.

Of Interest

This section features recent stories that are connected to the work of IT for Health and Education Systems Equity.

The Open University of China awarded UNESCO Prize for its use of AI to empower rural learners

"The “One College Student Per Village” programme at the Open University of China (OUC) is one of the laureates of the 2020 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICT in Education. "

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Irreversible disruption is coming to the teaching pillar of universities

Currently, eLearning teaching and delivery methods need to be reimagined to make them accessible, equitable, and enjoyable globally. Currently, that is not the case.

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A ‘digital canyon’: 1.3 billion school-aged children can’t log on to internet at home

"A staggering two-thirds of world’s school-aged children – 1.3 billion children aged 3-17 – do not have internet connection in their homes, preventing them from learning vital skills needed to compete in the modern economy, a new UN report has revealed."

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Reimagining Global Health through Artificial Intelligence

From the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. The report holds that while low- and middle-income countries may have the most to gain from the radical potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to transform health systems, they may also have the most to lose.

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Byte-sized blog

June 2020 | Exploring Reimagine
– Framework for utilizing e-Learning for Education Equity by Dr. Seble Frehywot

The Peoples Webinar Series

In this series we are focusing our efforts on addressing COVID-19 in LMIC. These webinars are scheduled between 8:00-9:00am ET (12:00-1:00pm GMT) to accommodate time differences across LMIC. The webinar recordings will be made available on this site. These are moderated webinars with panels of experts. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions during the webinar.

Peoples Webinar Series Recordings & Blog Posts

Take a look at the recorded webinars from the Peoples Webinar series and Byte-sized Blog posts.

Byte-sized Blog: Repurpose

Framework for Utilizing E-learning for Education Equity: Repurpose March 8, 2021 | By Dr. Seble Frehywot What needs to be repurposed for e-learning? Cutting edge innovations in IT technology. Why? Because even though when an IT technology is created it is not necessarily done so with health and education systems in mind, it nonetheless can […]

Webinar Recording: E-learning on WhatsApp – A collaboration between Grassroot and MIT in South Africa

This webinar discussed lessons learned from a novel online course using WhatsApp that teaches leadership and organizing skills to community organizers. WhatsApp, as an e-learning platform, offers the possibility of reimagining social media platforms as a new avenue for advancing civic pedagogy and networking for long-term social movement building. Though additional iterations are required, initial […]

Webinar Recording: Addressing COVID-19 in LMIC by Strengthening Distance Education

This webinar featured stories from multiple perspectives: faculty (academic staff), professional staff, and student. The panelists shared their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons learned so far, and the questions that still remain unanswered for the future of online education in LMIC.  This took place on May 14, 2020.  Panelists: Sheila Jagannathan is Lead Learning Specialist and […]

Webinar Recording: Addressing COVID-19 in LMIC by Addressing Disability Health Care

There are more than one billion people with disabilities who are facing the challenges of COVID-19. They face major difficulties in being able to manage both prevention and recovery. Their loved ones need to care for them in close proximity and therefore social distancing is not practical. Many facilities are not geared to accommodate their […]


The following are the individuals who contributed to the efforts to create a community of practice focused on IT for Health and Education Systems Equity in LMIC.

Syed Mustafa H. Nadir, MS, BS

Syed Mustafa H. Nadir, MS, BS

Managing DIrector, Creative Frontiers, Lahore, Pakistan

Creative Frontiers is an award winning development communications company. In this role, Mr. Nadir uses youth focused media such as comics and animation for social good. Mr. Nadir is currently partnering with Last Mile Health to develop content for their Community Health Academy and the DigitalMedIC program at Stanford University. His project, Paasban the 'Guardian,' was heralded by Foreign Policy as “a bold movement of progressives, bringing comic book heroes to Pakistan’s at-risk children.” Mr. Nadir holds a Master of Science degree in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Bachelor of Science degree in Media Production from Oxford Brookes University. Currently, he is also a Fellow at the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity Program.

Sacred Games Corona Virus

Sacred Games Corona Virus

Contribution by Syed Mustafa H. Nadir

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Joy Alemu

Joy Alemu

Joy Alemu is a high school student with a passion for using graphic design for social justice.

ITfHESE Home Page Image

ITfHESE Home Page Image

Contribution by Joy Alemu

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