First training session for English-speaking RAFT coordinators, in Mali


The first training session for English-speaking RAFT coordinators was held at the Hôpital Mère-Enfant in Bamako on March 31st and April 1st. This session was organized in the context of the African Partnership for Patient Safety, a WHO Patient Safety initiative involving hospitals in Africa and Europe. Healthcare professionals and IT specialists from Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda were instructed on the use of the Dudal distance education and collaboration platform. It will be used to produce educational material and share expertise and experiences with the partners of the APPS programme.

To know more about the APPS initiative: http://www.who.int/patientsafety/implementation/apps/en/

World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre for e-Health


Geneva University Hospital's Division of Medical Informatics, the administrative home of the RAFT network, has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for e-Health. This designation will further strengthen the fruitful collaboration between WHO and the RAFT and create new synergies in order to better support healthcare professionals in Africa.

Le Service d'Informatique Médicale des Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, base administrative du réseau RAFT, a été désigné comme centre collaborateur de l'Organisation Mondiale de la Santé pour le e-Health (cybersanté). Cette désignation va permettre de renforcer et développer la fructueuse collaboration entre l'OMS et le RAFT, et créer de nouvelles synergies pour mieux soutenir les professionnels de la santé en Afrique.

The RAFT is presented to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon

RAFT-ECOSOC-05During the High-level Segment of the United Nations ECOSOC meeting in Geneva, the RAFT was presented at the Innovation Fair on the theme "Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to global public health" at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The RAFT was visited by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, leading a prestigious delegation of ministers and high-level diplomats.

The RAFT is invited at the ECOSOC regional ministerial meeting on eHealth in Accra, Ghana

The United Nations Economic and Social Council invited the RAFT to its regional ministerial meeting on eHealth, held in Accra on June 10 and 11: http://www.un.org/ecosoc/newfunct/amr2009ghana.shtml

Dealing with the many challenges faced by health systems in Africa and the promises (and difficulties) of deploying eHealth solutions, the meeting enabled many diverses stakeholders to share and discuss experiences and projects.
For the RAFT, this was also an excellent opportunity to hold face-to-face meetings with new potential partners in Africa, including Ghana and Comores.

Telehealth challenges, when Africa meets the US

The RAFT project was presented at the AMIA Spring Meeting conference in Orlando, during the track on Global eHealth. Interestingly, many of the findings about the opportunities and challenges of eHealth in developing countries were similar to those learnt from the Telehealth experiments financed in the US by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Link to the conference web site: http://2009springcongress.amia.org/

Lunchtime seminar at the World Health Organization’s headquarters

The RAFT is invited at the WHO's headquarter lunchtime seminar. As several groups at WHO collaborate with the RAFT, this is the occasion to strengthen and synergize collaborations. Collaborations currently include:

- the production, since 2004, of distance education courses by the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, a project led by Dr. Heli Bathija,
- the production, since 2008, of distance education courses by the Global Challenge on Patient Safety, and in particular its program on hospital hygiene (Clean Care is Safer Care) led by Prof. Didier Pittet;
- a strategic collaboration with the eHealth Unit lead by Dr. Najeeb Al-Shorabiji,
- a collaboration with the WHO library and the Health-On-the-Net Foundation,
- a collaboration with the Global Observatory for eHealth and the International Medical Informatics Association.
At this occasion, new opportunities for collaboration have been identified, as well as the need for more coordination, which will be led by WHO's eHealth unit and should result in a formal MoU between WHO and the RAFT.