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Computers and IT

The provision of online content is not enough in the African context. There is also a need for practitioners to have access to computer hardware with the capacity to access internet-based material. This need extends to the veterinary schools for the education of future practitioners.

For example, the AFSCAN Project Board visited the veterinary school in Nairobi and discovered that the entire student body has access to only three shared computers. One of our immediate targets is to provide these bright and enthusiastic students with additional computer resource.

In partnership with Computers 4 Africa

In order to achieve this goal, AFSCAN has teamed with the UK-based charity Computers 4 Africa who has generously offered to provide refurbished computers for the project. Computers 4 Africa takes redundant computers, laptops and other hardware and datawipes and refurbishes this equipment before shipping it to Africa.

We are delighted that BSAVA has generously offered stand space to AFSCAN and Computers 4 Africa in the exhibition area of the 2016 BSAVA Congress. Congress delegates will be able to bring redundant computer equipment to Congress to hand in at the stand. If only 10% of delegates do this, it would still mean hundreds of items that would in turn benefit hundreds of African colleagues and veterinary students.

We encourage you to participate in this scheme to help make a tangible change in Africa.

Contact Computers 4 Africa

Bespoke solution

Help clinicians in developing countries have access to the clinical information they need when you change your PC.

Your computer equipment is securely datawiped to InfoSec5/MOD standard, refurbished, and sent to schools in Africa and AFSCAN which is providing health and welfare projects across Africa.

Accepted equipment; computers, laptops, servers, switches, smartphones, projectors, TFT monitors, keyboards, mice and leads (items complete with chargers where applicable).

Equipment needs to be working, dual core and above or less than 8 years old.

Below are ways to get in touch, for a bespoke solution for all your IT removal requirements.

Donating is...

  • ethically responsible
  • economically prudent
  • environmentally sustainable
  • technologically safe

Ethical

Information at a click. Communication... a window on the world. It is easy to take for granted how our lives are enriched by computers. One single donated computer will enable schools, veterinary and medical practices have access to the most up to date clinical point of care information from NAVC VetFolio and Vetstream Canis and Felis for the care of their patients.

Economic

It is free for Computers 4 Africa to take your redundant IT equipment, eliminating the need to contact a WEEE recycler and incurring potential costs. All PCs are securely data wiped.

There is a network of sites operated across mainland UK and Your IT donation is rarely more than a phone call away, ensuring a prompt response to your IT disposal needs.

Environmental

Reuse, Recycle, Reduce. Reuse is the most powerful thing that can be done. The manufacture of a PC contributes to 80% of the energy it will use during its lifetime. Upgrades generally happen every 3-5 years. Donating to Computers 4 Africa will add up to 5 years to a PC’s life in African schools, veterinary and medical practices.

The benefits to the global carbon footprint are obvious and dramatic. The WEEE Directive says, “prioritise the reuse of whole appliances.” Allowing Computers 4 Africa to reuse your IT equipment makes environmental sense.