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.
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.
During 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 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
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).
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: