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AFRICA BUILD Portal: Connecting Health Researchers in Africa

The AFRICA BUILD Portal (ABP) is an Open and Free Social and Professional Network for supporting collaborative links and access to a broad variety of informatics tools for Health Training and Research in Africa.

AFRICA BUILD Portal - 1st Release

If you are a student, a teacher, a researcher or a practitioner working in Health then, register at the AFRICA BUILD Portal and access our Courses in Health Research, join the Communities of Practice of your interest, make Networking with other researchers working on your area and access our Mobility Brokerage Service to find people to work with!

We are waiting for you!

Prototype of a new Ebola Catalog @ ABP

AFRICA BUILD is launching a prototype of a new tool that aims to gather and arrange useful information resources about Ebola.

Ebola first appeared in 1976 in simultaneous outbreaks in Nzara, Sudan, and in Yambuku, DRC. The latter was in a village situated near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name. Fruit bats are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus. The case-fatality rate varies from 25 to 90 percent, depending on the strain.

If contracted, Ebola is one of the world’s most deadly diseases. It is a highly infectious virus that can kill up to 90 percent of the people who catch it, causing terror among infected communities.

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on March 22 in Guinea, it has claimed 4,919 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting four countries in West Africa: Mali, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone (MSF).

The Ebola Catalog prototype is already available at the AFRICA BUILD Portal. We invite you to take a look. This new tool is still just a prototype in which we will be working during the next months. We appreciate your suggestions and comments and, of course, any information that you consider relevant to be included.

Joint Clinical R&D Fellowships from EDCTP and TDR

Joint Clinical R&D Fellowships from EDCTP and TDR

EDCTP and TDR offer first joint Clinical R&D Fellowships

Members of clinical research teams from low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) are now invited to apply for the EDCTP-TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowship scheme. Successful candidates will be placed with leading product development organisations, including pharmaceutical companies and product development partnerships - the 'host organisations'- for a period of up to 24 months.

A total of 25 fellowships is available for this call; 20 product development organisations have offered to host fellows. The host organisations will train individuals to develop specialist product development skills not readily taught in academic centres or public research institutions. On returning to their home organisations, the fellows are expected to become an important resource for institutional capacity development to undertake and manage clinical research in accordance with international regulatory requirements and standards.

EDCTP and TDR cooperation

The EDCTP-TDR partnership includes a joint evaluation and selection process of applications submitted to this call. However, grant awarding and budget management are managed separately by each organisation. TDR will fund fellows employed by a research institution in any LMIC to be placed in pharmaceutical companies and product development partnerships either in or outside Europe to train and develop new research skills on infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and neglected infectious diseases. EDCTP will fund fellows employed by a sub-Saharan African legal entity to be placed in European-based pharmaceutical companies to train and develop new research skills of relevance to poverty-related diseases (PRDs).

Clinical Research and Development Fellowships

This scheme aims to develop human resources for high quality research and development in PRDs. Fellowships are expected to strengthen the skills of the best and most promising researchers from LMICs, to enhance and maximise their contribution in research institutions in LMICs. Fellows can only be funded once under this grant scheme. Grants awarded are not transferrable from one individual to another. Placements are for a minimum period of 6 months up to a maximum period of 24 months. Fellows must be committed to return to their home organisation for a minimum of two years after completion of the fellowship.

The deadline for applications is 30 January 2015, 16:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Applications must be submitted online through EDCTPgrants.

Please click here to read the full Call for Proposals.

For more information contact

Course SNS4M @ the ABP

The AFRICA BUILD Portal proposes you a new course entitled "Social Networks for Medicine: A practical approach" (SNS4M) produced by experts of the Biomedical Informatics Group at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

This course comprises all the experience acquired during the 3-years development of the AFRICA BUILD Portal. It introduces the student to the use of Social Networking Services (SNSs) in the medical area.

SNS4M is mainly divided into three big blocks: (1) The evolution of the Web and SNSs in medicine; (2) The creation of your first SNSs; and (3) Evaluation of SNSs. This is an advanced course, so previous knowledge and experience on web programming is required. However, this course has been modularized so different backgrounds could follow it. These three blocks are independent, so a student with no knowledge on web programming could follow the first and the third blocks and thus accomplish some of the stated learning objectives.

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • Understand the road to the Social Web.
  • Propose new ideas towards the implementation of Medical SNSs.
  • Install and configure Elgg (The Open Source Software Social Engine).
  • Implement complex plugins to customize Elgg to predefined requirements.
  • Define, design and code SNSs from scratch.
  • Evaluate success of communities.

SNS4M starts on September 22nd. You can find further information about the course here. Do not hesitate to enroll this course and enjoy with us!

Nouveau cours: Recherche et expériences e-santé

Le Portail AFRICA BUILD vous propose un nouveau cours intitulé «Recherche et expériences e-santé» produit par des experts du Mali!

Le Centre d'Expertise et de Recherche en Télémédecine et E-santé (CERTES) à la Faculté de Médecine et d'Odonto-Stomatologie (FMOS) du Mali propose une série de cours dont le contenu est inspiré des résultats de recherche et d'expériences vécues au cours des douze dernières années d'activités de CERTES et du RAFT en Afrique Francophone. Il ne s'agit donc pas d'enseignements théoriques mais des retours d'expériences et du partage des résultats de recherche appliquée dans le domaine de la télémédecine et de l'Informatique Médicale avec des méthodes et des outils adaptés au contexte des pays en développement. Différents apports des Technologies de l'Information et la Communication dans l'amélioration surtout l'équité d'accès aux services de santé, ressources humaines et soins de qualité y sont abordés.

Tous les détails sur ce cours ici. N’hésitez pas à vous inscrire, le cours commence lundi 18 Aout!

"e-Infrastructures for Africa: Gateways to the Future" Conference - Brussels, 29/10/2014

The eI4Africa and iMENTORS EU-funded projects are very pleased to invite you to their joint conference on the theme "e-Infrastructures for Africa: Gateways to the Future". Organised under the aegis of the European Commission (DG CONNECT) and the African Union Commission, the conference will be held on October 29, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium at the Hotel Bloom.

The conference will aim at discussing major developments and perspectives in the field of Africa-EU e-Infrastructure cooperation and at presenting the two projects’ main outcomes:

  • The first ever Africa Grid Science Gateway;
  • Several African e-Infrastructure flagship demonstrators;
  • The results of the two surveys launched to examine the state-of-the-art of e-Infrastructure applications in Africa, as well as to assess their economic societal and environmental impacts;
  • The main outcomes of the four thematic workshops held in Africa over 2013-2014;
  • The launched program to deploy Certification Authorities across Africa;
  • The launch of the most comprehensive crowdsourcing data map providing insights into international cooperation and ICT investments in Africa for scientists, universities, research and education networks, and international donors;
  • The development of a decision-support system based on multiple stakeholders’ evaluations and impact assessments for on-going international aid projects and e-infrastructures;
  • A set of contextual factors which enable the assessment of ICT4D proposals ahead of their implementation by estimating their potential impact;
  • The role of open aid data in enhancing the coherence of international aid;
  • African progress towards establishing national and regional Research and Educational Networks (RENs).
  • Over 100 delegates are expected to attend this major event: policy-makers, senior representatives from Governments, ICT project managers, heads of research labs, IT engineers, lecturers and researchers from universities and the higher education sector, managers of NGOs and centres of excellence, industry stakeholders.

    Registrations, free of charge, will open at the end of August.

    Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more information coming up soon via eI4Africa and iMENTORS websites!

AB Mobility: Stay of Islam Askar at UPM

Máximo Ramírez-Robles (UPM) and Islam Askar (ITI-MCIT)Máximo Ramírez-Robles (UPM) and Islam Askar (ITI-MCIT)

During one week, Islam Askar from ITI-MCIT has been working in the UPM to strengthen sustainability of AFRICA BUILD.

AFRICA BUILD finishes today and the consortium has been exploring different ways to maintain the results produced during the last three years.

The main goal of this stay was to transfer the required knowledge about the AFRICA BUILD Portal's (ABP) ecosystem in order to mirror the portal. We plan to host a mirror of the ABP at ITI-MCIT and thus balance the portal load.

On the other hand, opened tasks were also treated as the Arabic RTL-Theme and the AFRICA BUILD Roadmap Framework plugin.

The ABP reached 700 users three weeks ago and we are 742 users registered at the portal right now. Most of the activity comes from the countries located near to the Gulf of Guinea and our users are mainly concentrated in Mali, Ghana and Cameroon.

One of our obsessions is to speed up the portal as much as possible and we believe that mirroring is one of the best strategies.

We'd like to thank to all the partners their efforts during these years and to the ABP users for trusting in AFRICA BUILD and for their valuable feedback.

Thank you.

The AFRICA BUILD project video

AFRICA BUILD is a Coordination Action aiming to support and develop advanced Centres of Excellence in health care, education and research in the African countries, through Information Technologies. This project is supported by the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-ICT). AFRICA BUILD started 1st August 2011 and will run for a period of 36 months.

We are now at the end of the project and this video shows some of our results.

We would like to thank the ITI-MCIT team for its great efforts in producing this video.

Logistic Regression


The AFRICA BUILD Portal launches a new course.

This module describes the logistic function, the reasons for the popularity of the logistic model, and how the model may be applied within epidemiologic framework.

If you are interested on Biostatistics, do not hesitate to enrol into this course.

This course starts next June 30th at 9:00GMT.

We hope to see you there!

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