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Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, Tanzania Recommends VODAN Africa


On Wednesday, July 28th July 2021, VODAN Africa received another recommendation from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, Tanzania. The medical center was the first health facility to partner with VODAN Africa for the production of machine-actionable observational patient data in Tanzania.

This endorsement will help the VODAN African team in Tanzania to improve healthcare delivery in the health facility through FAIR data management. The data produced will be machine-readable, Findable, Accessible, interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR), and will remain in the health facility where it was produced ensuring complete data ownership and analytical capabilities.

Read below the Letter of Support from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center


To Whom it may concern

Dear Sir/Madam


Reference is made to the heading above. 

I am writing with great pleasure to strongly support your VODAN Africa application. 

The virus outbreak data network - Africa (VODAN-Africa) is providing the expertise to strengthen the primary health-care system in (country, Africa) in view of the COVID-19 pandemic which hits Africa. 

A lack of data made the crisis invisible on the continent. The pandemic is hitting the people of our continent. The situation has created increased awareness of the urgency of improvement of generating Digital health data. This will help us to respond effectively to the crisis and to other health challenges. 

VODAN Africa provides us with a system for health information that complements existing systems. It builds in systems we already have in place. 

The strength of the system of Health Information facilitated by VODAN-AFRICA is that it is fully compliant with our domestic regulatory frameworks and adheres to the highest standards of international personal data protection. 

Whilst recognizing data sovereignty and ownership of data, the possibility of the studying of data is advanced by the new concept of data visiting under conditions of permission granted to the researcher. 

This letter serves to certify that Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) fully supports VODAN Africa application. 

I hope your application is successful and look forward to meeting the VODAN Africa team members at KCMC and near future scientific meetings. 

Thank you. 

Thank you and best regards,

Prof. Gilead Masenga, MD, MMed, PhD