@Mark_Roest wrote the following thorough response to this post by email - sorry for not noticing it and passing it along earlier. Better late than never!
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This is really positive; thank you!
The start of a knowledgebase of resources from the traditional culture which enable people to thrive in their ecosystem, augmented by solutions from renewable energy, Permaculture, an open source health records system (VistA EHR, from www.WorldVistA.org) that can be aggregated into a national computer-based patient records repository which supports outcomes research, and an open source digital education platform that my friend Edward Cherlin has been working on, in the SugarLabs team. If there is no communication link, consider the long-range WiFi:
Large-scale deployments (appears not to be up to date)
The Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions (TIER) project at University of California at Berkeley in collaboration with Intel, uses a modified Wi-Fi setup to create long-distance point-to-point links for several of its projects in the developing world.3 This technique, dubbed Wi-Fi over Long Distance (WiLD), is used to connect the Aravind Eye Hospital with several outlying clinics in Tamil Nadu state, India.4 Distances range from five to over fifteen kilometres (3–10 miles) with stations placed in line of sight of each other. These links allow specialists at the hospital to communicate with nurses and patients at the clinics through video conferencing. If the patient needs further examination or care, a hospital appointment can then be scheduled. Another network in Ghana links the University of Ghana, Legon campus to its remote campuses at the Korle bu Medical School and the City campus; a further extension will feature links up to 80 km (50 mi) apart.
The Tegola project of the University of Edinburgh is developing new technologies to bring high-speed, affordable broadband to rural areas beyond the reach of fibre.5 A 5-link ring connects Knoydart, the N. shore of Loch Hourne, and a remote community at Kilbeg to backhaul from the Gaelic College on Skye. All links pass over tidal waters; they range in length from 2.5 km to 19 km.
I can suggest more resources, and more details, in some topics, as desired.