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Collaborating for research in Africa: AFRICA BUILD and iMentors

iMENTORS, co-funded by the European Commission’s DG CONNECT under the Seventh Framework Programme and launched in April 2012 by Stockholm University and Gov2u, released version three of its platform in December 2013. iMENTORS is a one-stop-shop data warehouse on all e-infrastructure development projects of Sub-Saharan Africa.
iMENTORS is one step closer to mapping the majority of e-infrastructure (resources, tools and data supporting community research and development) of the past five years in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to lay a foundation for better services, encourage research and connect cross-continental progress.

AFRICA BUILD and iMentors have a common interest in cooperating closely to achieve their respective objectives and promote research in Africa. For that reason, in March 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed, specifying the way in which such cooperation will be undertaken.


Seminar on E-learning on a global scale: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) by Dr. Rafael Ruiz de Castaneda

Dr. Rafael Ruiz de Castaneda (PhD) from the University of Geneva was invited by Dr. Samuel Bosomprah, Head of the Department Biostatistics of the School of Public Health of the University of Ghana, to give a seminar on the 13th March (2-5pm) titled E-learning on a global scale: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) based on his experience as an instructor of the MOOC on Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Overview at the University of Geneva ( The seminar had a great success and raised the awareness of this new academic tool (MOOCs) among the wide range of students and experts of the School of Public Health.

Seminar on E-learning on a global scale: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) by Dr. Rafael Ruiz de Castaneda

Development of an AFRICA BUILD course on Biostatistics by Dr Samuel Bosomprah

Development of an Africa Build course on Biostatistics by Dr Samuel BosomprahFrom left to right: Dr. Bosomprah, Dr. Rafael Ruiz de Castaneda, Mrs. Baaba Vroom, Mr. Henry Obuobi

Dr. Rafael Ruiz de Castaneda (PhD) from the University of Geneva visited the School of Public Health of the University of Ghana from the 12-17th March 2014. Dr. Ruiz de Castaneda provided the methodological and technical guidance for the development of an online course on Biostatistics led by Dr. Samuel Bosomprah, Head of the Department of Biostatistics of the School of Public Health. This course will be available on the AFRICA BUILD Portal very soon.

LAST CALL: "Clinical and Research Databases" Community of Practice!

The "Clinical and Research Databases" Community of Practice (CoP) starts on 5 days through the AFRICA BUILD PORTAL!

This is a Community of Practice which aims to compose a hub of knowledge and expertise built by collaboration means. It aims to be the starting point to all these African health professionals interested on storage and information retrieval. So, active participation is a requisite!

NOTE: We have decided to give certificates of accomplishment (in the AFRICA BUILD name) to those participants who actively post on the group discussions!

All the community activity will be centered on the "Clinical and Research Databases (Community of Practice)" Group. Please, if you are want to participate join this group!

Initially, this community will be assisted during 8 weeks but we hope to gather enough professionals willing to contribute in order to keep this group active in the following months.

The outline of this CoP will be the following:

Clinical and Research Databases

1st WEEK [Mar 17 - Mar 23]: INTRODUCTION

We will discuss about the motivations, foundations and basic concepts, as well as, the different existing types of DDBB.


We will discuss about the basic elements of the relational database languages: DDL, DML and DCL.

3rd & 4th WEEKS [Mar 31 - Apr 13]: MySQL FROM THE PRACTICE

We will pose several challenges to be solved through a community effort..

5th & 6th WEEKS [Apr 14 - Apr 27]: PUBLIC DATABASES

We will carry out a community research effort to gather the most important public biomedical databases.


We will carry out a community research effort to build the state of the art of the modern biomedical information storage and retrieval systems.

We hope to see you there!

AFRICA BUILD Workshop at Med-e-Tel

Med-e-Tel is an event of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH), THE international federation of national associations who represent their country's Telemedicine and eHealth stakeholders.

AFRICA BUILD will present a Skills Building Workshop on April 9th at Luxembourg. The skills building workshop will show all potentialities and experiences gained through the AFRICA BUILD Portal (ABP), from the ICT profile to the benefitting educational role to health researchers and other health care professionals and biomedical informatics developers, deployed in resource-limited and/or North countries, with the following schedule:

  1. A general overview of project
  2. Technical discussion:
    • Introduction technical aspects and architecture of ABP;
    • Specific experiences illustrated with technical cases and practical aspects;
    • DUDAL webcasting: technical issues;
    • Interactive discussion.
  3. Closing - looking at the next steps for development of the ABP, and lessons learnt from the uptake of the ABP and courses by health researchers.

More information at: Med-e-Tel.

ABP Mobile App survey | Enquête de l'App Mobile de l'ABP

The AFRICA BUILD Portal Development team is designing a mobile app for the AFRICA BUILD Portal. We'd like to know which kind of devices do you have. Therefore, we distribute this survey which aims to know which mobile, tablet and/or laptop do you use, in order to support the maximum number of devices:

Click here to access the survey!

L'équipe de développement de le Portail d'AFRICA BUILD est de concevoir une application mobile pour le Portail d'AFRICA BUILD. Nous aimerions savoir quel type de dispositifs que vous avez. Par conséquent, cette enquête vise à savoir quels mobile, tablette et / ou ordinateur portable utilisez-vous, afin de soutenir le nombre maximum d'appareils:

Cliquez ici pour accéder au sondage!

Thank you very much for your help. Merci beaucoup pour votre aide.

Introduction à la santé et l’environnement: Exemples de la problématique au Cameroun

Nous sommes heureux d'annoncer le cours intitulé "Introduction à la santé et l’environnement: Exemples de la problématique au Cameroun", qui commence le 24 Février 2014, sur le Portail AFRICA BUILD (ABP).

Ce cours d’introduction a été élaboré par un groupe de jeunes étudiants camerounais, en cours de formation en santé publique à la Faculté de Médecine et des Sciences Biomédicales de l’Université de Yaoundé I. Il est destiné aux étudiants intéressés par des questions sur la santé et l'environnement en Afrique.

Malgré la forte interdépendance entre la santé et l'environnement, la santé environnementale a été un champ considérablement négligé de la recherche et de la pratique en Afrique. Ce cours donne une bonne occasion pour les étudiants d'apprendre et de partager sur ce sujet à travers des discussions sur le Portail AFRICA BUILD.

La durée du cours est de huit semaines. Une leçon d'introduction (en anglais et en français) présente le programme de formation. Chaque semaine, une leçon vidéo de 10-20 min sera diffusée et suivie d'une discussion sur le forum. Toutes les leçons sont en français sauf celle de la semaine 5 qui est en anglais.

Introduction à la santé et l’environnement: Exemples de la problématique au Cameroun

Cours introductif (24 Février 2014)

Qualité de l’eau et de l’air et santé: exposition à des agents infectieux et chimiques

  1. Problématiques de la qualité de l’eau et la santé: Maladies hydriques au Cameroun (24 Février 2014)
  2. Qualité de l’air urbain et santé: Cas des villes du Cameroun (3 Mars 2014)
  3. Pollution et accidents vasculaires cérébraux au Cameroun (10 Mars 2014)
  4. Exposition aux pesticides et risque de développement du diabète (17 Mars 2014)

L’environnement de travail

  1. Santé occupationnelle (24 Mars 2014)

La santé environnementale dans la pratique

  1. Prévention en santé environnementale (31 Mars 2014)
  2. Surveillance sanitaire et évaluation des expositions aux déchets hospitaliers au Cameroun (7 Avril 2014)
  3. Gestion du risque, politiques et évaluation: cas de matériaux plastiques au Cameroun (14 Avril 2014)

Les bénéfices que vous tirerez du cours dépendent avant tout de votre participation. Nous vous encourageons à participer aux forums de discussion sur le Portail AFRICA BUILD.

Vous pouvez trouver plus de détails sur le cours sur la page web du cours contenu dans le Portail AFRICA BUILD.

The AFRICA BUILD Portal reaches 500 users

The AFRICA BUILD Portal (ABP) reached yesterday the number of 500 users registered! Professionals in the Health Research Domain in Africa trust in us to network, train and share resources through the ABP.

We would like to thank all that professionals who showed interest in this initiative, joined the portal and shared with all of us their resources during the last months.

The AFRICA BUILD Portal...

  • aims to be a Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) support platform for Health in Africa.
  • provides a complete set of eLearning features linked with Research Resources.
  • is Social, aiming to foster South-South scientific collaborations.

If you are a Student, a Teacher, a Researcher or a Practitioner on the Health domain in Africa and you are willing to share your experiences or establish contacts, we are waiting you!

To know how it works click here. If you want to register at the ABP click here.

We support English, French and Spanish speakers! Arabic soon!

Thanks! The AFRICA BUILD Team will continue working hard.

And the next Monday: We start with the Data Mining in Biomedicine Community of Practice. Register and join this community!

AFRICA BUILD at IST-Africa Workshop

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology as a partner of IST- Africa 2014 had invited AFRICA BUILD project to H2020 workshop to present a success story on FP7 projects on the 10th of February 2014. The workshop took place in Smart Club in Smart Village, Giza, Egypt.

The IST- Africa is supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC), and Co-Funded under FP7, IST-Africa is a strategic collaboration between IIMC (Ireland) and Ministries and National Councils responsible for Information Society, ICT and/or STI (Science, Technology & Innovation) adoption, policy and research in 18 African Countries.
The workshop aimed at highlighting the following:

  • What is Horizon 2020?
  • Overview of Horizon 2020 Priority Areas – Excellence Science, Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies, Societal Challenges
  • Societal Challenges – Health, Food Security and Agriculture, Environment
  • ICT Components in Horizon 2020
  • Brainstorming in relation to relevant areas of Horizon 2020

During this workshop, AFRICA BUILD project was presented, focusing on lessons learned and sharing experience as an African partner, in addition to a demo of AFRICA BUILD Portal.

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