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AFRICA BUILD Portal: Connecting Health Researchers in Africa

The AFRICA BUILD Portal (ABP) is an Open and Free Social and Professional Network for supporting collaborative links and access to a broad variety of informatics tools for Health Training and Research in Africa.

AFRICA BUILD Portal - 1st Release

http://portal.africabuild.eu

If you are a student, a teacher, a researcher or a practitioner working in Health then, register at the AFRICA BUILD Portal and access our Courses in Health Research, join the Communities of Practice of your interest, make Networking with other researchers working on your area and access our Mobility Brokerage Service to find people to work with!

We are waiting for you!

AFRICA BUILD @ Med-e-Tel 2014

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. The ISfTeH exists to facilitate the international dissemination of knowledge and experience in Telemedicine and eHealth, to provide access to recognized experts in the field worldwide, and to offer unprecedented networking opportunities. Med-e-Tel is one of the instruments that help the ISfTeH to realize this mission.

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The AFRICA BUILD team was at Med-e-Tel 2014 in Luxembourg!! They presented the project and they disassembled the AFRICA BUILD Portal. Several AFRICA BUILD partners showed ―from a technological point of view― the different plug-ins in which they are working on.

The assistants were really active, posing many questions and giving much feedback to the team. We made people talk and we got into the Top-Ten-By-Mention of #MEDeTEL14 influencers! The AFRICA BUILD team really appreciates this feedback.

Thanks! We really learnt from this experience.

Collaborating for research in Africa: AFRICA BUILD and iMentors

iMENTORS www.imentors.eu, 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.

Source: http://www.imentors.eu/about/news-events/entry/collaborating-for-research-in-africa.html

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 (https://www.coursera.org/course/globalhealthoverview). 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.

2nd WEEK [Mar 24 - Mar 30]: STRUCTURED QUERY LANGUAGE (SQL)

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.

7th & 8th WEEKS [Apr 28 - May 11]: FUTURE OF CLINICAL & RESEARCH INFORMATION STORAGE & RETRIEVAL

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.

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