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AFRICA BUILD (Building a Research and Education Infrastructure for Africa)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 266474

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 August 2011

  • End date

    31 July 2014

Funded under:

FP7-HEALTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 360 649,60

  • EU contribution

    € 1 999 494

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

Objective

Topic: AFRICA BUILD aims to improve capacity for health research and education in Africa, through Information Technologies (IT). It will provide innovative learning and research opportunities.

Background: The EU has supported many IT and health initiatives, with significant results. In contrast, there has been no significant transfer of expertise, methods and tools to neighbour countries in Africa.

Main objective: To promote health research, education and practice in Africa through the creation of centres of excellence, by using IT, “know-how”, e-learning and knowledge sharing through Web-enabled virtual communities. Initial EU-Africa transfer aims to create sustainable South-South communities of African researchers.

Sub-objectives:
(1) To analyse the state of the art in health research and education in Africa. A Roadmap for future European actions will be released.
(2) To implement an IT-enabled, open and collaborative infrastructure for education, training and knowledge sharing for health researchers in English-, French- and Arabic-speaking African countries, developing virtual communities of practice.
(3) To develop and offer a large number of e-learning courses, validated learning resources, methodologies and supporting evidence for improving the education capacities of health-focused centres of excellence in Africa.
(4) To facilitate researchers’ mobility and participation in local and international meetings.
(5) To validate the AFRICA BUILD impact in pilot research and education initiatives related to reproductive health and HIV/AIDS research.
(6) To disseminate outcomes in scientific conferences and journals, media and workshops and conferences in Africa.

Expected impact: Based on the experience of the partners —including WHO— we aim to improve know-how, research and technological capacities at the African centres of excellence. Successful actions will be transferred to other organizations and industry.

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Address

Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 500 760

Administrative Contact

Gonzalo León (Prof.)

Participants (7)

MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Egypt

EU Contribution

€ 300 185

UNIVERSITE DE BAMAKO

Mali

EU Contribution

€ 275 275

UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 314 259

PRINS LEOPOLD INSTITUUT VOOR TROPISCHE GENEESKUNDE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 206 884

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 170 771

UNIVERSITE DE YAOUNDE I

Cameroon

EU Contribution

€ 130 060

UNIVERSITY OF GHANA

Ghana

EU Contribution

€ 101 300

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 266474

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 August 2011

  • End date

    31 July 2014

Funded under:

FP7-HEALTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 360 649,60

  • EU contribution

    € 1 999 494

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain