AfDB’s eHealth Award set to uphold health information-sharing

African Development Bank last week Thursday launched eHealth Awards aimed at discovering innovations in e- and m-health across Africa.

The award also seeks to encourage production and knowledge-sharing of eHealth solutions as well as providing an added significance to the lessons learnt through e- and m-health.

AfDb says it will in addition target range of technology innovators including Non-profit organisations, individuals, academic institutions and research facilities.

The awards would focus on using ICT to increase access to health services with emphasis on the continents poor and the marginalized. It will also aim at promoting ICT use to increase the utilization of essential health services in addition to the evaluation of eHealth solutions to improve efficiency in the delivery of health services.

Winning projects would be published in AfDB publication while the winners would be presented with awards.

The application for participation would require an abstract of 500 words highlighting the applicant’s project. Shortlisted would afterwards be required to present an evaluation report. This year’s submission deadline is May 30, 2012.

At present, Africa experiences growth in technology especially with regard to the mobile technology. The use of technology in information sharing is however limited by the continent’s poor.

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