The New Times might not have the resources to give out to great achievers – yet – but such as it has, it will give. And what it has is this: the ability to give thanks to great achievers like TRAC so loudly that everybody sits up and takes notice.
The Treatment and Research Aids Centre (TRAC) was recently offered a free internet access for HIV/Aids control by the MTN-Rwanda telecommunication company. This will facilitate health experts and partners nationwide in tracking Aids patients.
Just last week, TRAC scooped two ICT awards – Public Sector Embracing and Top Organisation – due to its online Aids control effort, from the South African Department of Communication.
This was after TRAC had emerged overall winner of the 9th annual organisational African ICT Achiever award in Johannesburg, South Africa. At the same event, TRAC was also awarded another continental ICT award alongside six other African countries.
President Paul Kagame was also honoured by the organisers for his efforts towards the development of ICT in Rwanda and across the continent. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievers Award for his dedication to ICT promotion for better service delivery to the citizens.
Early this year, TRAC was globally recognised with a UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) trophy for use of ICT in ensuring timely access on HIV/Aids information and drugs nationwide.
Too many awards for TRAC.
Thus does the wheel come round – that TRAC could not succeed in a vacuum; so in essence it is the whole nation of Rwanda and its peoples who are being recognised for their relentless pursuit of a better lifestyle through the application of ICT.
These rewards serve to galvanise and keep up our wits. We become better everyday, and we should maintain the pressure. If ICT technology came to improve man’s standard of living, we must exploit it maximally, especially when the government is completely avowed to putting all necessary structures in place to achieve it.