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

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.

Call for proposal

FP7-AFRICA-2010
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Spain

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gonzalo León (Prof.)
EU contribution
€ 500 760

Participants (7)

MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Egypt
EU contribution
€ 300 185
Address
Smart Village Km 28 Cairo
Giza

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Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rada Hussein (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DE BAMAKO
Mali
EU contribution
€ 275 275
Address
Campus Universitaire De Badalabougou
Bamako

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mamadou Traore (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 314 259
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Antoine Geissbuhler (Prof.)
PRINS LEOPOLD INSTITUUT VOOR TROPISCHE GENEESKUNDE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 206 884
Address
Nationalestraat 155
2000 Antwerpen

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Zolfo (Dr.)
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 170 771
Address
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneve

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Heli Bathija (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DE YAOUNDE I
Cameroon
EU contribution
€ 130 060
Address
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Yaounde

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vincent Djientcheu (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF GHANA
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 101 300
Address
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N/A Legon Accra

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ebenezer Afari-Kumah (Mr.)