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AFRICA BUILD at Med-e-Tel

The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp has presented a first overview of the training program in HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health research, developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) and colleagues from the University of Bamako, from the University of Yaoundé I, and the University of Ghana for the Work Package 6 (WP6) of AFRICA BUILD.

Med-e-Tel is an official event of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH), the international federation of national associations who represent their country's Telemedicine and eHealth stakeholders. The two pilot courses developed in WP6 focus on Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) in the field of HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health in clinical care and research. These courses aim at young researchers or clinicians who do clinical research from their daily practice, to provide them with skills to find and assess up-to-date evidence in health care. Nowadays there is more evidence available as well as more opportunities for this evidence to be used in effective interventions to be linked to research questions. The practice of EBM signifies the integration of individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research. The benefits of evidence based practice are many-fold: knowledge of latest clinical evidence empowers healthcare workers to make informed decisions regarding optimal care, and empowers health facilities’ workers to demand and/or implement better healthcare interventions. In addition, the use of EBM enables those working with(in) health facilities and programmes in identifying gaps in research and in developing systematic strategies to address these gaps.

The aim of these distance learning pilot courses is to enhance research and education in the above-mentioned fields, via novel approaches and to identify research needs, emanating from the field. This pilot experience, which will be run both in English-speaking (Ghana and Cameroon), and French-speaking (Mali and Cameroon) partner institutions and produce courses for strengthening research methodology and policy. Study material is available for the courses’ participants through the AFRICA BUILD Portal and modules’ content is delivered via recorded DUDAL webcasts.

An important question at the end of the presentation was raised by Dr. Richard Scott, Associate Professor in the Global e-Health Research and Training Program of the Centre for Innovation in Health Technology from the University of Calgary (Canada) about Quality control in distance education, to whom the flow of the content generation and revision has been drafted and made available.

AFRICA BUILD at the closing conference for EU-Egypt Cooperation in Science and Innovation 18-19 April 2013

On Thursday 18 June 2013, EU and Egypt celebrated the "EU-Egypt Year of Science and Innovation" in Cairo. The year of Science started in 2007 by the Egyptian Ministry of Scientific Research to strengthen Egypt's science and technology system. Accordingly, three of EU member states have successfully implemented bilateral "Year of Science" with Egypt namely Germany (2007), Italy (2009) and France (2010).

The event included two main activities as follows:

  • The closing conference in which two panel discussions were conducted to discuss the current status of EU-Egypt cooperation in Science and Innovation as well as future perspective. The panellists included the EU Ambassador to Egypt, Science Counsellor for Italian, French and German embassies in Egypt, directors of the EU-funding schemes programmes in Egypt and representatives of EC-DG Research and Innovation.
  • Poster session: presenting success stories for EU-Egypt joint cooperation in Science and Innovation including FP7, Tempus and joint funds. AFRICA BUILD was presented under the FP7-Health theme.

AFRICA BUILD @ TryIT

Victor Maojo and Ana Jimenez presented AFRICA BUILD at the Faculty of Informatics, UPM, last March 20th, 2013. The presentation was part of TryIT, a series of presentations oriented to show possible applications of computer science. Attendees showed a great interest in implementing biomedical applications oriented to developing countries.

AFRICA BUILD presented at the Royal Academy of Medicine of Spain

Prof. Victor Maojo, presented AFRICA BUILD during a meeting held at the Royal Academy of Medicine of Spain, on March 21, 2013. The meeting was oriented to visualize the role of Information and Communication Technologies in the future healthcare models. More information here.

The AFRICA BUILD Portal presented at CODIST-III (UNECA)

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On behalf of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Irene Onyancha (Chief, Library & Information Management Services, ICT/Science and Technology Division, UNECA and one of the experts of the AFRICA BUILD Project) invited us to Ethiopia to introduce the AFRICA BUILD Portal to the audience.

The CODIST-III (Third meeting of the Committee on Development Information Science and Technology) overall objective is twofold. First, the meeting will review ECA's activities in the area of Governance and Public Administration for the year 2012. Second, it will suggest relevant programmatic orientations and activities for the biennium 2014/2015 for the Commission to better assist African countries in addressing issues of Governance and public management.

This meeting evolved around the central theme of: "The Development State: What options for Africa?".

Our presentation was enclosed in the "Knowledge and Library and Information Services" (KLIS) Subcommittee, within the "New Trends" area.

Euro-African Experts Identify Questions To Help Shape the Future of E-Health

A group of 30 African and European experts from the ICT-for-health field came together in The Hague to identify and propose priority areas for e-health research. Five research questions were identified to elaborate on, including for instance: how to develop a set of measuring instruments for e-Health systems to evaluate impact?

AFRICA BUILD was invited to this meeting.
Read the full article here.

Lancement à Bamako (Mali) du cours pilote à distance de recherche clinique sur le VIH

Ce lundi 28 janvier 2013, environ 20 médecins en cours de spécialisation dans les domaines de la santé publique ou des maladies infectieuses se sont réunis dans la salle de formation à distance située dans les locaux de la bibliothèque de la FMPOS. Ils participaient au lancement du premier cours pilote sur la médecine fondée sur les preuves pour la recherche clinique sur le VIH. Cours à distance organisé dans le cadre du projet « AFRICA BUILD ». L'ordre du jour de la journée a porté sur : répondre à un questionnaire en ligne, réaliser un pré–test, accéder à la première leçon diffusée en ligne et découvrir la Communauté de Pratique (CoP) et les forums des groupes de discussion. Tout a été fait à travers le portail « AFRICA BUILD ». Loin de Bamako, à Madrid, l'équipe technique de l’UPM a été sollicitée pour assistance via le chat. Après avoir répondu aux questionnaires, le groupe a visualisé ensemble la première leçon diffusée en ligne en se servant d'un vidéoprojecteur et des haut-parleurs. Les étudiants ont, ensuite, rejoint la Communauté de pratique dans laquelle ils se sont présentés.

Launching the pilot in HIV/AIDS research in Mali


Bamako, Mali 28/01/2013, noon.

About 20 medical doctors specialising in public health or infectious disease gathered in the Discussion Learning Room located in the building of the FMPOS libraries. They participate in the launch of the first pilot course on Evidence Based Medicine for clinical research on HIV of AFRICA BUILD. The agenda of the day: take the pre-test quiz, access the first webcast and discover the Community of Practice (CoP) and groups discussion forums. Everything was done through the AFRICA BUILD Portal. Far from Bamako, in Madrid, the UPM technical team was being requested for assistance via chat. After the quizz, the group analyzed together the first webcast using a videoprojector and high speakers. Then, the students joined the Community of Practice and introduced theirselves.

AFRICA BUILD at FIGO

AFRICA BUILD was presented at 2012 FIGO World Congress took place in Rome, Italy, at the Fiera di Roma, from 7-12 October 2012.

The presentation, by Caroline Franck, is available here through the DUDAL tool.

World Health Organization’s (WHO) policy briefs on Family Planning

To make the most of the commitments made at the London Family Planning Summit in July 2012, the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research has prepared a set of evidence based policy briefs with recommended actions to help countries capitalize on this opportunity.

More information on WHO policy briefs:
- Foreword, Dr M. Chan, Director-General,WHO
- WHO's commitment
- Strengthening health system response: no opportunities missed
- Optimizing the health workforce for effective family planning services
- Strategies to increase use of long-acting and permanent contraception
- Expanding access to contraceptive services for adolescents
- Video

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