AfDB to Award Winners of e-Health Competition in Tunisia on September 23-24

04/06/2013
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The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced ten winners of its eHealth competition after receiving more than one hundred proposals from innovators across Africa.

The first AfDB eHealth award recognizes the current work being done in e- and m-health in Africa. It aims to encourage the production and sharing of knowledge on eHealth solutions and provide added value through the sharing of lessons learnt in e- and m-health. One hundred and sixteen high-quality proposals were  received and reviewed by an expert panel. A total of 40 short-listed projects were asked to submit a full proposal.

Winners will be invited to present their innovation during a business event organized by the AfDB on September 23 24, 2013 in Tunisia. An award ceremony will be organized to recognize the contribution of winning projects to development in Africa. Certificates will be awarded and several opportunities will be given to innovators to share their experiences.

Investments in Skills & Technology are at the center of the Bank’s development agenda. New technologies have a transformative power on governance and service delivery. The technological revolution in Africa can be harnessed to accelerate inclusive growth and job creation.

In the health sector, technology offers the opportunity for more transparency and accountability in service delivery as well as evidence-based practice and error reduction, diagnostic accuracy, and treatment. It can facilitate client empowerment, enabling better self-care and health decision-making. It can also be used to shift tasks down the skills ladder, thereby helping address skills shortages. Finally, it can raise cost efficiency by streamlining processes, reducing waiting times, and improving accuracy of data.

Selection process

The list of winners for the first AfDB eHealth award was selected by a technical committee composed of international experts from African countries and international organizations. The proposals were evaluated according to criteria that included: a clear description and analysis of the most important health challenge addressed by the project; a description of proposed eHealth solution and how it alleviates the challenge or mitigates its effects; a description of innovative aspects of the proposed solution; useful lessons learned and recommendations; implementation arrangements; budgetary estimates; key strengths of the institution and partners leveraged to achieve project goal and objectives; estimated impact of roll-out of proposed solution throughout the country; quality of information and data provided; and letters of recommendation.

Category

Winner

Name of the proposal

Access to health information 

 

Ghana Health Service

District Health Information Management System 2 (DHIMS 2)

 

World Health Organization and Ministry of Public Health of Cameroon

The application of Information Technology and Communication to improve early detection and rapid response to epidemics in Cameroon.

 

UNICEF and Ministry of Health of Uganda

mTrac: Real Time Monitoring and Evaluation Of Disease Surveillance, ACT Drug Stock And Health Service Delivery

Empowering the health workforce

 

African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF)

Upgrading nurses in Kenya using eLearning

 

Ghana Health Service

Mobile Technology for Community Health (MOTECH)

 

Geneva University Hospitals and Bamako University

RAFT, an African-wide telemedicine and distance education network

Health education for the public

 

World Health Organization, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Gambia

WHO Health Academy Project: using ICT to promote

health in schools

Delivering Health Services

 

Ministry of Health and

Sanitation of Sierra Leone, Centre for Global Health Trinity College Dublin and World Vision

Supporting and strengthening maternal, neonatal, and child health services using mobile phones: the impact on community health worker programs

 

GIZ and Ministry of Health of Kenya

Mobile inventory management system (MIMS):Improving Family Planning Commodity Security through ICT

 

FHI360

Mobile for Reproductive Health (m4RH)

The technical committee reviewed and rated the proposals and ten winners have been identified against the above mentioned criteria. To reflect the variety of proposals received and health challenges addressed, proposals were organized into four categories: Access to health information; Empowering the health workforce; Health education for the public and Delivering health services.The eHealth Award is part of AfDB’s new Human Capital Development Strategy, which includes investments in ICT for better governance and service delivery, particularly in health. The AfDB recognizes that Africa’s impressive information revolution is enabling ICT innovations to potentially deliver more services for the money, and to deliver them to populations that previously had little or no access.


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