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AFRICA BUILD has participated in the CBMS 2013 Conference. Ana Jimenez presented the paper: Identifying gaps in health research and training in Africa: designing online surveys for Cloud-oriented training.

AFRICA BUILD partners Coordination meeting in Antwerp

On June 17th and 18th 2013, AFRICA BUILD Consortium met at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. Both days were dedicated to discussing activities, tasks, deliverables and next steps of project, making enphasis in the activities that will be carried out during the last year of the project.

ABP: Brainstormings in Egypt and Mali

The first version of the AFRICA BUILD Portal (ABP) has been developed. And now it's time to think in new functionalities for the future that could be integrated or implemented for the Portal: existing tools that could be useful, relevant databases, tools and new methods... definitely, new functionalities that can be useful for the African health researcher.

To do this, we generated some brainstormings in the African institutions of the project. Each one of the African partners explained the ABP in its own institution and other local institutions focused on health research/training and collect possible ideas. After that, we will share those ideas seeing if they are feasible, common between ideas from different groups, etc.

ITI-MCIT (Egypt) and FMPOS (Mali) have launched this initiative in their institutions. In Egypt, the brainstorming was done at ITI in two parts on May 11-12, 2013 with Health Informatics Fellowship Intake2 students. In Mali, they had some demonstration sessions with MPH students and researchers from Serefo HIV/TB research Labs, and also with some students and resident doctors. AFRICA BUILD project and the ABP were explained to the attendees and they found the ABP very useful for communicating, sharing, and learning.

AFRICA BUILD in the Master in Technology for Human Development and Cooperation

Ana Jimenez and Maximo Ramirez presented the AFRICA BUILD project and the AFRICA BUILD Portal, to the students of the "Master en Tecnología para el Desarrollo Humano y la Cooperación" in Madrid on June 10th, 2013.

AFRICA BUILD at IST-Africa 2013

AFRICA BUILD participated in IST-Africa 2013 conference and exhibition in Nairobi presenting two papers:
- "AFRICA BUILD Portal: Developing a Social Network of African Health Researchers and Educators"
- "Evidence Based Medicine in HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health Research: Piloting Two Distance Learning Courses in Low-Resource Settings"

This event was part of the IST-Africa Initiative, which is supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission and co-funded under the EU Framework Programme.

The goals of the IST-Africa Conference Series are Community Building to facilitate EU-African research cooperation and successful exploitation of research results, to stimulate take-up of RTD results by industry and the public sector, to promote knowledge sharing between commercial, government and research organisations, to exchange experiences about the current state of eAdoption at a sectoral, national or regional level, and to support International Cooperation and open up the European Research Area (ERA) to Africa.

HELINA 2013 Conference

The eighth Health Informatics in Africa Conference - HELINA 2013 Conference planned to take place in Eldoret Kenya from the 7th to 8th of October 2013 will be 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).
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AFRICA BUILD @ eLearning Africa 2013

Ana Jimenez presented AFRICA BUILD project at the Safari Conference Centre in Windhoek (Namibia) during the 8th eLearning Africa Conference with over 1,200 participants and more than 300 speakers.

Atelier sur la rédaction scientifique à la FMPOS à l'intention des apprenants inscrits au cours pilote Recherche sur le VIH/SIDA

Les 16 et 17 mai 2013, s'est tenu un atelier sur la rédaction scientifique organisé à l'intention dans le cadre du cours pilote « Recherche sur le VIH/SIDA». Cours d'iniatiation à la Médecine basée sur le niveau de preuve. Cet atelier facilité par Dr Yehia Dit Sadio Sarro ; enseignant et facilitateur du cours pilote, avait pour but de partager avec les apprenants Maliens le contenu d'un atelier similaire qui s'était à Yaoundé quelques semaines avant.
Sur les 22 apprenants initialement inscrits au cours pilote, 19 ont pris part à cet atelier. Ce sont des médecins spécialistes en Santé publique et des médecins en cours de spécialisation en maladies infectieuses.

Au cours de l'atelier les participants ont pris connaissance des de la formulation d’une question de recherche, de la revue de la méthodologie, de la présentation et de la discussion des résultats, de la soumission d’un article scientifique. Aussi, un exemple pratique de revue systématique a été expliqué.
Au terme de l'atelier, les apprenants maliens ont effectué le test final et répondu aux questions de l’évaluation générale du cours pilote.

Workshop on scientific writing at FMPOS

On 16 and 17 May 2013, a workshop on scientific writing was organized in the context of pilot course "Clinical Research on HIV / AIDS." This workshop facilitated by Dr. Yehia said Sadio Sarro, teacher and facilitator of the pilot course, aimed to with malian participants the content of a similar workshop in Yaounde.
Of the 22 students initially enrolled in the pilot course, 19 took part in this workshop. They were specialists in public health and medical doctors, residents in infectious diseases.
During the workshop, participants were introduced to several topics such as: the formulation of a research question, review of the methodology, presentation and discussion of results, the submission of a scientific paper. Also, a practical example of systematic review has been explained.
At the end of the workshop, Malian students have completed the final test and did general evaluation of the pilot course.

During this workshop, students have benefited from practical case of scientific writing, the formulation of a research question, review of the methodology, presentation and discussion of results, the submission of a scientific paper. Also, a practical example of systematic review has been done.
Finally, we took in a video format prints of some participants.

Workshop in Yaounde

During a 5-day face-to-face workshop, the young researchers who have been following the AFRICA BUILD pilot eLearning course on HIV/AIDS research (about 20 resident students following a specialization programme after medicine) had the opportunity to improve their skills in scientific writing and in all steps of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) search: finding studies, assessing an intervention to respond to a clinical problem, assessing these studies, and to identify gaps in clinical research.

Our colleague Khanna Jitendra, from WHO-RHR, covered interactive sessions on writing scientific papers and research proposals, using in the hands-on sessions examples of papers in need of more editing. ITM took care of an exercise to go through each step of EBM: starting from an existing intervention, participants searched databases for new evidence, assessed the quality and effect of the new evidence, and decided if the intervention might need to be updated or not.

This workshop was also the perfect occasion to evaluate the pilot eLearning courses that participants had followed during the last 3 months. With a focus group discussion and an anonymous survey, barriers and shortcomings of this pilot course were revealed. Good access to information and to the course content remains a main issue to be solved, but also the communication and the selection of participants to the course, needs improvement. In general, participants were satisfied of the topics that were covered and of the content. The learning method, mainly using recorded presentations and interactive exercises, was well appreciated.

One person from FMPOS Bamako attended this face-to-face workshop in order to plan a similar wrap-up session in Bamako mid-May, with the same purpose as the week in Yaoundé.

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