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Open registration for the 1st AFRICA BUILD International Conference

Registration for the 1st AFRICA BUILD International Conference is open now!

It will be held on Hilton Yaounde during November 25th.

Accepted authors are preparing their short presentations and posters.

If you want to attend to this event just complete the following form.

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AFRICA BUILD Consortium at HELINA 2013

HELINA (, the Health Informatics in Africa Conference, held its 8th edition at Eldoret (Kenya) during the days October 7th and 8th. It was hosted by the Kenyan Health Informatics Association (KeHIA).

KeHIA ( is the national platform for health informatics activities in Kenya with membership drawn from corporate bodies, professionals and researchers involved in Health, Medical Informatics and Computer Science in Kenya from within and outside the country. The organization is a member of the Pan African Health Informatics in Africa Association (HELINA) and the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).

HELINA 2013 accepted 6 short papers from the AFRICA BUILD Consortium and they were presented during these days. Concretely, (1) AFRICA BUILD: creating Web 2.0 communities of biomedical researchers; (2) The mobility of researchers and professionals of health in Africa: the AFRICA BUILD project case study; (3) State of the art of IT-enabled tools for strengthening health research capacity in Africa: Comprehensive analysis; (4) Building capacity through a social network for African researchers: Piloting two eLearning courses on Evidence Based Medicine and Research within the AFRICA BUILD project; (5) An overview of e-health strategy to drive Ghana’s health sector goals; And (6) Africa Build educational widget for capacity building in health education and research.

AFRICA BUILD third Newsletter

We are proud to announce two upcoming events organized by AFRICA BUILD and that will gather experts, professionals, students and people interested in using Information and Communication Technologies to improve Health Research and Learning in Africa.

The first will take place in Eldoret, Kenya, co-located with HELINA 2013 Conference. This will be a symposium where members of AFRICA BUILD will show the latest advances of the project.

The second is the first conference of AFRICA BUILD, in Yaounde, Cameroon. The call for papers & posters remains open until September 30. Please, find more information at:

In this newsletter we want to emphasize African participation. You will find several contributions from our partners in Mali, Cameroon and Ghana.

AFRICA BUILD Symposium co-located with HELINA 2013 Conference

The AFRICA BUILD project is organizing a Symposium on capacity building on the second day of the HELINA conference (Tuesday 8th October, 2013).

Registration for this symposium can be made at

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Réunion de sensibilisation AFRICA BUILD à Bamako

Le samedi 20 Juillet 2013, la FMPOS a organisé une réunion de sensibilisation sur les activités d’AFRICA BUILD. L'objectif principal de cette activité était de permettre aux acteurs impliqués dans l'utilisation des TIC pour la santé de découvrir, discuter et partager des idées autour de l'énorme potentiel des TIC pour l'enseignement et la recherche dans le secteur de la santé. Au cours de la conférence, un certain nombre d'activités et de réalisations du projet AFRICA BUILD a été présenté avec un accent particulier sur les lots de travail 3, 5 et 6 (communément appelés workpackages).

Les participants dans la salle de réunion écoutant un conférencier


AFRICA BUILD has participated in the MEDINFO 2013 Conference. Victor Maojo (UPM) and Caroline Perrin (UniGE) presented the poster: Enhancing research capacity of African institutions through social networking.

The 14th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics ( was held in Copenhagen, Denmark from August 20-23.

Some members of the project took the opportunity to present our work in different aspects and establish some links with other projects.

Academic mobility

Dr. Jean-Voisin Taguebue, a medical doctor specialized in pediatric infectious diseases from the Centre Mère et Enfant in Yaounde (Cameroon) visited the University of Geneva (Switzerland) from the 30th July 2013 till the 16th of August 2013. In collaboration with Dr Rafael Ruiz de Castaneda (PhD in Ecology) from the University of Geneva’s team of AFRICA BUILD, the main objective of this visit was to develop a lecture of a course on Environmental Health, according to the AFRICA BUILD Methodology. The lecture developed during this 2.5 weeks was on childhood pneumonia and diarrhoea in Africa and the implications of environmental factors. This experience of academic mobility represents the start for further collaborations between Dr Taguebue and other African partners with the University of Geneva. Partners from Mali and Ghana are also already involved in this course on environmental health, which will soon be available on the AFRICA BUILD Portal.



Co-located with HELINA 2013 Conference
8 October 2013

“Gathering experts, professionals, students and people interested in using Information and Communication Technologies to improve Health Research and Learning in Africa”

AFRICA BUILD ( is a EU-funded project aiming to improve Health Research and Education in Africa, through Information and Communication Technologies.

The project started in August 2011, and after 2 years has conducted several studies to examine the needs and idiosyncrasies of African biomedical researchers. Based on the conclusions of these studies, we carried out some actions. The Consortium ―gathering partners from Europe and Africa ― and some invited international experts will be holding a whole-day Symposium on October 8th, 2013, co-located with HELINA Conference, to present and discuss the main outputs of the project:

  • Presentation and discussion of the AFRICA BUILD Roadmap for eHealth and health research activities in the Region. The Roadmap is based on a state of the art, elaborated by the consortium  and includes recommendations to support future activities in Africa.
  • Presentation and discussion of the AFRICA BUILD Portal, a collaborative research and training infrastructure:

    • Didactic material and tools developed by the consortium, based on a needs assessments.
    • The implementation of the methodology through two pilots in HIV/ AIDS and Reproductive Medicine, managed by the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Antwerp, Belgium), and the World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research (Geneva, Switzerland).
    • Promotion of mobility of health researchers in Africa to other African and International locations, through an innovative tool that automatically matches offers and demands.


We invite you to attend our Symposium. Seating is limited and pre-registration is mandatory. We invite you to book a place in our symposium, by completing this form.

Schedule - Tuesday 8 October 2013

10:00 – 12:00 Session 6.2: AFRICA BUILD Workshop: Capacity Building in Africa

  • 10:00 – 10:10: Presentation of the Symposium
    • Ghislain Kouematchoua. Pan African Health Informatics Association (HELINA), Cameroonian Society for Health Informatics, Koegni-eHealth Innovation for Development, Germany
  • 10:10 – 10:45: AFRICA BUILD: Building sustainable capacity for Research for Health in Africa
    • Victor Maojo. AFRICA BUILD Coordinator. Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
  • 10:45 – 11:15: Global health informatics as viewed through the Millennium Villages Project and MVG-Net
    • Andrew Kanter. AFRICA BUILD Expert. Columbia University, USA
  • 11:15 – 12:00: The AFRICA BUILD Portal: the first professional network for biomedical researchers in Africa
    • Maximo Ramirez-Robles. Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:20 Session 7.2: AFRICA BUILD Workshop: Capacity Building in Africa

  • 13:00 – 13:45: Roadmap for future European activities in Research and education for healthcare in Africa: Information Challenges
    • Victor Maojo. AFRICA BUILD Coordinator. Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
    • Rada Hussein. Information Technology Institute Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt
    • Aly Khalifa. Information Technology Institute Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt
  • 13:45 – 14:20: AFRICA BUILD Courses: a collaborative process to develop training materials and tools
    • Caroline Perrin. University of Geneva, Switzerland
    • Asa Cuzin. World Health Organization, Switzerland

14:20 – 14:40 Coffee break

14:40 – 15:40 Session 8.2: AFRICA BUILD Workshop: Capacity Building in Africa

  • 14:40 – 15:40: Evaluation of first e-learning experiences in Mali, Cameroon and Ghana
    • Brecht Ingelbeen. Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium
    • Seydou Tidiane Traore. University of Bamako, Mali
    • Bello Figuim. University of Yaounde I, Cameroon
    • Sam Bosomprah. University of Ghana, Ghana

15:40 – 15:50 Break

15:50 – 17:00 Session 9.2: Africa Build Workshop: Capacity Building in Africa

  • 15:50 – 16:20: The ASKIA Initiative, providing Access to Scientific and Socio-economic Information in Africa, from the Public Information & Knowledge Management Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
    • Irene Onyancha. AFRICA BUILD Expert. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia
  • 16:20 – 17:00: Final Round Table. “Africa & Global Health: Towards a new education”
    • AFRICA BUILD Consortium and experts

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AFRICA BUILD 1st International Conference

Among the activities of the project, we planned to organize several conferences that will bring together experts, professionals, students and people interested in the topics of the project. With these conferences AFRICA BUILD aims to increase interest in these topics, attract various stakeholders and share knowledge among them.

The first AFRICA BUILD conference will be held in Yaounde, co-located with the 4th Conference of the Cameroonian Association for Health Informatics (Société Camerounaise d'Informatique Médicale, SOCIM). It will provide showcases targeted at attracting and informing decision makers from industry, government, education and research organizations.

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AFRICA BUILD at the EU-Africa Science & Technology week

The European Commission (EC) and EU Delegation to the AU, in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), have coordinated a series of related events, all linked to EU-Africa collaboration in Science and Technology, in the context of the Africa-EU Joint Strategy (JAES) – Priority 8 (Science, Information Society & Space).

Most of the events were hosted by the African Union Commission, via their department of Human Resources, Science & Technology (HRST) and one by the Irish Embassy.

Prof. Victor Maojo attended two events:

  • 26-27 June: CAAST-Net+ workshop on Research Infrastructures for EU-Africa Cooperation. Victor Maojo presented AFRICA BUILD project

  • 27-28 June: Global Science Collaboration: science capacity building for development

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