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I have been working for a few weeks now, here in Burkina Faso. For those that do not know, I am working at an HIV screening clinic where they also offer pre- & post- test counselling and general HIV information. This is a completely new domain for me having worked in software development for companies primarily in the telecommunications & disk backup industry’s over the last few years. I therefore decided to spend the first couple of weeks doing some background reading in an attempt to gain at least an elementary understanding of the field.

However, thankfully my mandate is IT related. To date my main tasks are to create a website for the clinic and to develop a database for their client information. Additionally, I need to train staff on how to use and administer both the website and database (this is, obviously, after I have finished giving basic computer skills training). Last week I started a prototype website for them using google sites

I decided to use google sites as:

  • I am firstly hoping its one of the more straightforward and cheaper website authoring tools/hosting service out there,
  • and secondly I am hoping therefore I should be able to pass over its administration relatively easily to someone with minimal computer literacy skills.

For anyone interested in the clinic, the first draft is here .

p.s. if anyone has other suggestions for tools other than google sites as I am not a web developer nor particularly up with all the latest web technologies/trends please let me know, all suggestions/help is very welcome.


Assistante en informatique et gestion des statistiques

My placement offer is for an “Assistante en informatique et gestion des statistiques” which, from what I can elicit from the job description, I think is basically a computer analyst of sorts.

This positions’s objective is:

L’objectif du placement est la conception d’une base de données pour collecter et analyser les statistiques de dépistage de la clientèle du centre.

The purpose of the placement is to design a database to be used for collecting and analysing client information.

This position’s functions and responsibilities are:

  • faciliter le système de collecte et de gestion des données statistiques du centre,
  • concevoir et introduire un système de gestion informatisé des données statistiques du centre,
  • former ses collaborateurs sur le système de gestion des données statistiques,
  • produire et soumettre des rapports de synthèse statistiques périodiques à la coordonnatrice du centre.
  • facilitate the center’s collection and management of statistical data,
  • conceive and introduce a computerized statistical management system,
  • train employees on the data management system,
  • produce and submit regular statistical summary reports to the centre’s coordinator.

The organisation for whom I will be working is an HIV/AIDs screening clinic. This clinic provides a screening service, pre & post-screen counseling as well as educational material about HIV & AIDS.