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AFRICA BUILD at the Regional Launch of Horizon 2020: Meeting EuroMed Common Challenges - Research and Innovation Cooperation

On Sunday 9 February 2014, "The European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation is organising a regional Conference to promote and present H2020 in the EuroMed region. The conference aims to discuss the future of international cooperation in Research and Innovation in the EuroMed region under Horizon 2020. International cooperation, especially with its neighboring countries and the Mediterranean region, is a key priority of EU research and innovation funding. This conference will aim to draw the attention of stakeholders in EuroMed countries to the opportunities and challenges for MPCs in Horizon 2020 as well as promote the programme to R&I stakeholders in the region" (URL:
The event included three main activities as follows:

  • Speeches and panel discussions about about introducing H2020 and its key elements, in addition to an overview of current status and future prospects of R&I EuroMed Cooperation
  • Exhibition: Including H2020 Booth and posters of FP7 projects in Egypt. AFRICA BUILD was presented under the FP7-Health theme.
  • Parallel session about FP7 themes success stories and lessons learned for H2020

LAST CALL: "Data Mining in Biomedicine" Community of Practice!

The "Data Mining in Biomedicine" Community of Practice (CoP) starts on 12 days through the AFRICA BUILD PORTAL!

The outline of this CoP will be the following:

Data Mining in Biomedicine

1st Week [Feb 17 - Feb 23]: INTRODUCTION

We'll discuss about the "DM in Biomedicine" Course's Webcasts in order to start everybody from the same point.

2nd Week [Feb 24 - Mar 2]: OPEN DATASETS' REPOSITORIES

We'll look for the best Open Datasets Repositories Online related to Biomedicine.


We'll look for the state of the art papers related to DM in Biomedicine.


We'll select those most interesting datasets from the gathered repositories and we'll design a classification problem based on the state of the art papers.

This will be a community effort so we hope you be active in proposing!

If you want to participate in this CoP, please register at the AFRICA BUILD Portal and follow the UPM's user.


We hope to see you there!

Le portail de AFRICA BUILD: Rélier les chercheurs de la santé en Afrique

Le portail de AFRICA BUILD (ABP) est un réseau social professionnel libre et gratuit dont le but est de créer des liens de collaboration et de donner accès à une variété d'outils informatiques utiles à la formation et la recherche dans le domaine de la santé en Afrique.

Le portail de AFRICA BUILD - Première Version

Vous êtes un étudiant, un enseignant, un chercheur ou un praticien travaillant dans le domaine de la santé, alors inscrivez sur le portail de AFRICA BUILD. Vous aurez accès à nos cours sur la Recherche en Santé, vous pourrez prendre part à des communautés de pratique qui vous intéressnt, nouer des rélations avec des chercheurs travaillant sur les mêmes sujets que vous. Vous pouvez également consulter les opportunités de mobilités et identifier des collaborateurs potentiels.

Nous vous attendons sur le portail de AFRICA BUILD!

New Communities of Practice at the AFRICA BUILD Portal

AFRICA BUILD Portal is happy to start the new year announcing that two of their users —the UPM and the ITI— are launching two new Communities of Practice!

Data Mining in Biomedicine and Clinical and Research Databases

If you are not part of the AFRICA BUILD Portal yet, join us and follow these two users to get the last news about these two new communities. We hope to see you there!

Work Packages Four and Five at the University of Bamako

WP5 @ University of Bamako

Dr Rafael Ruiz de Castaneda (PhD) from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva participated in the workshop on Health & Information and Communication Technologies organized by Dr Cheick Oumar Bagayoko at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bamako from the 4-7th December 2013. Dr Rafael Ruiz de Castaneda leaded a discussion session on MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) based on his own recent experience in the production of a MOOC on Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Overview at the University of Geneva. The concept of MOOCs, their potential as new global e-learning tools and their challenges were presented and discussed with students, researchers and health professionals from Mali and other African countries. This activity is part of WP5 (Excellence center strengthening and mobility) of Africa Build.

WP4 @ University of Bamako

At the same time, this was an excellent opportunity to discuss with some of the experts of the Faculty of Medicine, Prof Traore, and Ms Maiga Fatoumata, about the development of courses for AFRICA BUILD. Prof Traore will contribute with his expertise to the production of a course on clinical research methodologies. Dr Maiga Fatoumata will contribute with some lectures on research and practice on environmental health in Mali. These activities are part of WP4 (Didactic content development) of AFRICA BUILD.

Didactic content development, Excellence center strengthening and Mobility at the University of Yaoundé I

Didactic content development, Excellence center strengthening and Mobility at the University of Yaoundé I

Dr Rafael Ruiz de Castaneda (PhD) from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva visited the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Yaoundé I from the 27-29th November 2013. This activity is part of Work Package 4 (Didactic content development) and Work Package 5 (Excellence center strengthening and mobility) of Africa Build. The aim of this visit was to train a group of young physicians and potential researchers in public health in the development of online courses using appropriate scientific practices and online resources and tools. At the end of the three-days training, each student produced a short online lesson including: a short summary/guide based on the review of the literature on the topic, a power point presentation and video presentation (using Dudal). The lessons produced are part of a training activity and further improvements may be required. The local Africa Build team in Cameroon will support these young researchers for the improvement of the lessons and the production of new ones.

AFRICA BUILD @ the 4th Edition of JCIM


The Cameroon Association of Medical Informatics (SOCIM, by its French acronym) was created on November 14th of 2007 in Yaoundé. This association was born with the aim of gathering the efforts from all the stakeholders who are contributing on the development of the Medical Informatics field in Cameroon.

SOCIM arranges the Cameroon Days of Medical Informatics (JCIM) each two years to share all the Medical Informatics experiences being implemented across the country.

Prof. Víctor Maojo, the AFRICA BUILD Coordinator, was invited to present the efforts of AFRICA BUILD at the 4th Edition of JCIM. This symposium was carried out at the University of Yaounde I, concretely at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences during November 26th.

This edition mainly treated two different topics, (1) eLearning and Research in Health and (2) Hospital Information Systems. Several initiatives were presented and discussed by both experts in the field and students of the University of Yaounde I.

The AFRICA BUILD 1st International Conference

AFRICA BUILD organized during the last week its first international conference to gather different stakeholders interested in using ICT’s to improve Health Research and Learning in Africa. Several ministers, practitioners, professors, researchers, experts and students attended to this meeting to discuss about different initiatives working into this niche.

AFRICA BUILD in Boulevard de 20 Mai at Yaoundé

Around 150 attendees participated in this event, mainly from the Catholic University of Bamenda, the Central Hospital of Yaounde and the University of Yaounde I. The Health Minister of Cameroon, André Mama Fouda; and the Minister of Women’s Promotion and the Family, Marie Thérèse Abena Ondoa demonstrated their interest participating in the first sessions of the conference.

AFRICA BUILD 1st Int. Conference: Family Picture (In the middle, Marie Thérèse Abena Ondoa and André Mama Fouda respectively)

Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado —Associate Dean for Informatics and Technology at the School of Medicine in the University of California San Diego, founding chief of the Division of Biomedical Informatics, and Editor-In-Chief for the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)— gave the keynote address Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado during the keynote address at the AFRICA BUILD ConferenceBuilding new biomedical informatics programs: Experience in developing and developed countries”, and showed to the audience her experiences in the creation of a successful biomedical informatics program at the University of Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique.

During the experts session, BA Housseynow —Professor at Nouakchott University and Minister of Health in Mauritania from 2011 to 2013— talked about the main obstacles and challenges of eHealth in Africa, giving to the audience interesting data about the penetration of the new technologies at different levels. Then, Lynette Moretlo Molefi —Director at Telemedicine Africa (Pty) Ltd. — presented several case studies of different real eHealth initiatives carried out at South Africa. And finally, Irene Onyancha —Chief of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Library— explained their efforts on giving access to federated scientific and socio-economic knowledge bases on Africa through their platform called ASKIA.

During the afternoon, few students presented their initial research activities and the conference ended with a round table chaired by the AFRICA BUILD Consortium, in which the audience actively discussed the accessibility to research data and information from the Sub-Saharan countries, showing that one of the health research pillars (Still to be built) is to provide much more interaction between African researchers and research journals in this kind of countries.

2013 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT - REGISTER NOW!

We are very pleased to bring to your attention a number of developments regarding the '2013 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT' taking place on Dec. 2-3, 2013 at the African Union Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

EuroAfrica ICT

The event is designed for anyone with an interest in Euro-African collaborative projects on ICT and it is organised in the framework of the AUC Internet/ICT Week that will be held on Dec. 2-6 in Addis Ababa to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) / African Union (AU).

Aiming at strengthening and supporting the development of cooperation on ICT research and ICT4D between Africa and Europe, the '2013 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT' is the sixth of a series of very successful conferences organised by the EuroAfrica-ICT Initiative under the aegis of the European Commission (EC, DG CONNECT) and the African Union Commissions (AUC, Information Society Division) and in the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategic Partnership (JAES).

Register Now | Agenda at a glance | Information package | Event page

AFRICA BUILD Symposium at Eldoret (Kenya)

During HELINA 2013 (, the AFRICA BUILD Project organized a one-day symposium to spread the last advances to the conference audience.

Two of the project experts were invited to talk about close topics during this session. Andrew Kanter presented to the audience the Millennium Villages Project and MVG-Net ( from the Global Health Informatics point of view. Irene Onyancha spoke about the ASKIA Portal (, an access point to scientific and socio-economic knowledge in Africa.

Furthermore, every AFRICA BUILD leader talked about the status and last improvements of each work package of the project.

This symposium finished with a round table discussing weaknesses and strengths, as well as open questions in the context of "Africa & Global Health: Towards a new education".

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