Today, we release the "Report on the state of the art and strategic plan in the region" among the other public deliverables of the project. This document is the public Deliverable 2.1 and it is the most relevant result of the efforts carried out in the WP2: Analysis of training requirements and needs and State of the Art in the Region.
Africa still faces many challenges in health, which are keeping this continent behind others in achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. Given such a challenge, African countries need to improve health care by strengthening national health systems.
The AFRICA BUILD roadmap outlines an integrated framework for strengthening the national health systems in Africa utilizing eHealth, Research and Innovation (R&I) for health, and Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)-Capacity Building (CB).
The roadmap methodology is based on the following steps:
1. Understanding the current state of eHealth and health research and education in Africa as well as how to align findings with the corresponding international trend. This is carried out through a literature review, online surveys, building a synthesis matrix.
2. Analyzing the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) matrix of eHealth in Africa. This task is accompanied with a clear identification of roadmap scope and the addressed questions through contributions of the project’s experts —especially from Africa, via the AFRICA BUILD Portal.
3. Developing the roadmap framework that identify the challenges and the corresponding actions to be taken.