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Boroto Hwabamungu, PhD Candidate

Short biography

Boroto Hwabamungu is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the former Zaire.

Pic 1He has been living in South Africa since June 2000. He struggled to get admitted in most South African medical schools/universities to pursue his medical studies. He then decided to start the BCom Information systems degree at the Univerity of Western Cape/Cape town in 2002.

He joined the CSIR Meraka Institute in October 2006 on a Masters studentship. 

He is currently doing his PhD in Information Systems at the University of Cape Town.

His general research interest is on ICTs for improved health care, mHealth in developing countries, and IT governance and service Management.

Presently he is researhing the implications of stakeholders' relations on the implementation of ICT in the public health care sector in South Africa.



  • 2010–Current (UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN: Doctorate/PhD in Information Systems: In progress
  • 2007–2009 (UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA):Masters degree in Information Systems (MCom Informatics)
  • 2005 (UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE): Honours Degree in Information systems (B Com HONS Information Systems)
  • 2002–2004 (UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE): Bachelor  degree of commerce in Information Systems (B Com Information Systems)
  • 1994–1999 (CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF BUKAVU – D R Congo): Bachelor of Bio-medical Sciences (Qualification: Uncompleted)


  • Hwabamungu B, Williams Q. M-Health adoption and sustainability prognosis from a care givers’ and patients’ perspective. Proceedings of the 2010 SAICSIT conference. Bela Bela, South Africa: 11 October to 13 October 2010


The penetration of mobile phones and mobile technologies in developing countries has led to innovative developments of various m-Health applications. These applications have proven the potential of mobile technologies for improving the quality of health care service in general and the fight against HIV/AIDS in particular. However, to achieve greater impact on the ground level (e.g. in an antiretroviral (ARV) treatment clinic) in a developing country’s context, these applications have to be adopted and their utilization sustained. A study was undertaken to investigate sustainability and scalability challenges of mobile phone-based applications/projects for HIV/AIDS care in developing countries and the adoption and sustainability prospects of such m-Health applications in an ARV clinic in Pretoria. The findings presented here, are that from a care givers’ and patients’ perspective, adoption and sustainability of these applications is not merely dependent on the proposed technology’s capabilities to enhance service delivery. Adoption and sustainability is however, mostly dependant on: (1) the care givers and patients’ willingness and capability to incur any technological adoption and continuous use costs and, (2) their pre-conceived notions of government or sponsor-supported service provision.

  • Hwabamungu B, Williams Q. The impact of stakeholders’ relations on the sustainability and scalability of mHealth projects in developing countries. Proceedings of the IFIP WG 9.4 conference. Kathmandu, Nepal: 22 to 25 May 2011.


Various innovative mobile phone-based applications have already been developed to address some of the many health care service delivery challenges faced by developing countries. These innovative solutions have proven the potential mobile technologies and mobile health (mHealth) have in enabling and enhancing health care service delivery in such countries. However, the majority of these applications are not sustained and/or scalable. The interrelations between the various stakeholders involved in mHealth projects in developing countries can have an impact on the project’s dynamics and the extent to which the project becomes sustainable and scalable. Using stakeholder theory and Orlikowski’s technologies-in-practice model, this paper explores four mobile phone-based applications for HIV/AIDS care in three developing countries. The aim of the exploration has been to form an understanding of the impact of stakeholders’ relations on the sustainability and scalability of these initiatives. The findings indicate that there is a connection between stakeholders’ relations and a project’s sustainability and scalability objectives. The findings also indicate that stakeholders’ relations influence resource availability, the project’s dynamics and the extent to which a project becomes sustainable and scalable.


Career progression

  • Otober 2009- present CSIR Meraka Institute (Position: PhD studentship/ Candidate researcher)
  • October 2006- September 2009: CSIR Meraka Institute (Position: Masters studentship/ Candidate researcher)
  • February 2006- September 2006: City of Cape Town SAP R/3 ERP Project (Position: Junior analyst)
  • February 2005 – June 2005: University of the Western Cape (Position: Information Systems Tutor)
  • September 1997 – March 1998: Kadutu Hospital – Bukavu/DR Congo (Position: Volunteer Nurse)


  • April 2009 (University of Pretoria/ Informatics department): Distinction for the Masters’ thesis
  • November 2005 (University of the Western Cape/ Department of Information systems): Top Achiever IS Practice  COBIT & ITIL (IS 721) and IS Research (IS 722)
  • October-December 1998 (Bukavu-DR Congo/ Youth choir “Choeur de la charité”): Recording and Realization of the choir’s  first Album “C’est ma prière”.  Best selling Gospel album 1999, and Top Gospel album 2000 Bukavu - DR Congo.


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