In March 2012 the AFRICA BUILD Consortium will meet in Accra for a week of activities related to two work packages: Building a collaborative and training infrastructure (WP3) and Pilot and Validation (WP6). The aim of this week is to introduce partners to the portal that will host learning and research activities, and to gather essential information for the development of courses on HIV and Reproductive Health and Research.
The first half of the week will concentrate on technical aspects of WP3, with a workshop, given by our colleagues from UPM, on the development of computer applications for the AFRICA BUILD Portal. This workshop will be attended by technicians from every African partner, and will aim to address any obstacles that have been uncovered.
Following these two more technical days, there will be an afternoon allocated to a meeting for all members of WP3 to review the status quo vis-a-vis the platform and future services planned. A local seminar is also planned by UPM, targeting local stakeholders and dealing with the Biomedical Informatics Situation and Challenges for Africa.
Towards the end of the week there will be a one and a half day meeting to kick off WP6. These sessions will be attended by at least one representative from each partner, and will involve a review of courses offered at the ITM and WHO, a description of the current situation amongst the African partners in terms of courses, training, staff and infrastructure needs in the field of research in HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health.
During the course of the week each partner will have the opportunity to present, and give feedback to the other partners regarding any adaptations that should be made to existing services and courses to better suit their target population.
The organization of this week is shared between the Ghanaian partners, and the leaders of WP3 and WP6, UPM and ITM respectively.
More detailed information regarding the seminar and workshops will following in the coming weeks.