A web-based system for providing HIV information in Uganda

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Kampala International University ,College of computer and information technology
Information and technology are ever-changing characteristics of the world in which we live. This study set out to produce an information system to give a single point of access through a web interface for HIV information. The system development and implementation sought to achieve the following objectives, to develop a web-based Information system to provide comprehensive HIV information, to assess the role of Open Source Software in developing HIV Information System, Provision for downloadable hypermedia information in audio format (podcast) and video format (webcast), To develop a web portal that enhances interactivity between stakeholders of HIV/AIDS Information System. and affordability is another objective for this project, where, some one will just pay a small fee in the café, in order to get some HIV information. The questions that guided the study were as follows; Is there any existing webbased information systems providing HIV information? How easy can H/V information be obtained or accessed? The study covered HIV non-government organizations (NGOs), schools and the general public in Uganda. Since HIV/AIDS is independent of age, this project focused on age brackets of 13 years+, given the fact that, at that age, people knew how to read, and could use the computer. The study utilized website usability evaluation methods to determine if their websites are useful and usable. And if they were not, how to make them as such? How to improve their usability? To assess website usability, HIV NGO’s refer to various evaluation methods that help in assessing it. There are several evaluation methods to estimate website usability, from simple questionnaires to user testing. In the findings of the study, the study achieved the objective of developing a web-based Information System to provide comprehensive HIV information. It also achieved the objective of accessing the impact of Open Source Software on the prevalence of HIV in developing countries —case study is Uganda. The study further achieved the objective of Affordability is another objective for this project, where, someone will just pay a small fee in the café, in order to get some HIV information. The study recommends that to add high database functionalities and that to add more content.
A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Science in Computer Science of Kampala International University
A web-based system, HIV information