INDEHELA-ICI: Institutional Collaboration Instrument for Informatics Development for Health in Africa

The INDEHELA-ICI project (Institutional Collaboration Instrument for Informatics Development for Health in Africa) was funded by theĀ Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) within the; HEI ICI programme(Higher Education Institutions Institutional Collaboration Instrument). The project focused on developing the capacities of three African Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Health Informatics (HI) and e-health education.

The partner institutions in the project were the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Finland (coordinator), Savonia University of Applied Sciences (SUAS), Finland, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Nigeria, Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), Mozambique and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa. The specific objective of the INDEHELA-ICI collaboration was to develop the capacities of OAU, UEM and CPUT in HI and e-health in three specific areas: 1) Staff development; 2) Educational capacity development; 3) Administrative capacity development.

 

The objectives for the timeframe of 3-5 years (two funding periods) were:

    1. Staff development: A core group of junior staff in each African partner HEI will receive postgraduate degrees relevant to HI. A core group of senior staff will become experienced in postgraduate supervision.

 

    1. Educational capacity development: An African Health Informatics Masters and/or certificate programme will be established in each African partner HEI, either integrated in generic Information Systems / Information Management and Software Engineering programmes or stand-alone. The first of students have graduated. The staff identified in area 1 runs the programme independently.

 

  1. Administrative capacity development: Each African HEI has obtained sustainable capacity to manage local and international research and development projects, from proposal writing to monitoring and evaluation. A number of new projects are being managed efficiently by the Project Coordinators trained in INDEHELA-ICI.

 

The first funding period was 18 months in 2011-2012. The objectives of this phase were:

  • Staff development: A core group of junior staff in each African partner HEI will receive postgraduate degrees relevant to HI. A core group of senior staff will become experienced in postgraduate supervision.
  • Educational capacity development: An African Health Informatics Masters and/or certificate programme will be established in each African partner HEI, either integrated in generic Information Systems / Information Management and Software Engineering programmes or stand-alone. The first of students have graduated. The staff identified in area 1 runs the programme independently.
  • Administrative capacity development: Each African HEI has obtained sustainable capacity to manage local and international research and development projects, from proposal writing to monitoring and evaluation. A number of new projects are being managed efficiently by the Project Coordinators trained in INDEHELA-ICI.

The MFA did not grant funding for a second period.