HIV/AIDS pandemic together with the generally poor health status in Africa have emphasized the need for appropriate IST in health care for strengthening various activities such as knowledge exchange between health care managers, providers and the community, optimal allocation of resources and monitoring the roll out of the HIV/AIDS programmes.
Europe has a strong research base in the e-health and there can be mutual benefits arising through co-operation between Europe and Africa. However, given the contextual differences, for example related to infrastructure, economy, and culture, European solutions and know-how need to be sensitively reworked and appropriately translated to the African context. Furthermore, best practices, learning and workable ISTs need to be shared and further developed across African countries within a regional framework.
The BEANISH initiative which is formally a WITFOR (World Information Technology Forum) project, proposed by EU-African partners and IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) builds upon an existing global RandD network called HISP (Health Information Systems Program). This initiative seeks to involve various institutional actors (government, universities, private sector and NGOs) to strengthen and extend an existing 'Europe-Africa' collaborative network to support the application and sharing of IST application development so as to support cooperation, learning and innovation in mutually beneficial ways. The WITFOR 2005 meeting will serve as an important milestone in the BEANISH project.
The project focus is on organization of the WITFOR conference; strengthening of the HISP network by conducting case studies and sharing of best practices; establishing capacity building to enable sharing open source software development; and supporting e-training. The BEANISH project will help create the basis for developing an international cooperation to apply for EU Framework 6 program related to IST applications.
Funding SchemeSSA - Specific Support Action