Shahida Saleem talks about ICT4D on ITLoW

May 2, 2009 at 12:33 am 4 comments

shahida_on_itlowHow do I introduce Shahida Saleem? She wears many hats. She is the Chairperson of Dotz Technologies, the Chairperson of Catcos Kids, Chairperson of Sehat First, the Chairperson of the IT Committee at the FPCCI … and several other ventures.

In this episode of “In the Line of Wire“, Shahida talks with me about some of these ventures – Sehat First which connects doctors at the Indus Hospital to a village in the interior of Sindh thus offering medical care to people who would otherwise have to travel long distances for such assistance. The first ‘Sehat First’ baby was delivered via Telemedicine a month ago.

The need for ICT for Development cannot be emphasized enough and although there are individual efforts that are taking place in various parts of the country, a concerted effort needs to be made to to bring these efforts together, and work on a strategy to expand the use of ICT to a broader segment of our society.

shahida_with_smileyShahida also talks about the Day Care Centers that she set up at Unilever and other FMCGs. There is a need to have professional facilities like these as more and more women join the workforce. Catcos Kids Day Care Centers have professionally trained staff and and environment that provides young children with a safe and entertaining environment.

In our discussion, Shahida also talks about the need to further connect the IT industry with the health, education, government and business sectors to try and find solutions to a plethora of problems that need to be addressed.

Collaboration is the key. Together there is a lot that can be done. Instead of existing in silos we need to pool our efforts to address the needs of our communities.

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