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VODAN-Africa Project Recognized at the 2nd International Conference on Public Health in Africa


At the 2nd International Conference on Public Health in Rwanda, the Acting Director General, Dr. Ahmed Ogwell Ouma reaffirmed the great works of VODAN-Africa and looks for more collaboration in digital health infrastructure. This was made known by Dr. Reginald Nalugala, the representative of VODAN-Africa at the conference and Country Coordinator, in Kenya. 

For over 2 years, the Virus Outbreak Data Network (VODAN)-Africa has been at the forefront of the development of a digital health system that can produce real-time, high-velocity clinical observational patient data from resource-limited communities that have not been well represented in digital health data. On November 23, VODAN-Africa showcased this accomplishment in a presentation that had attendees across Africa, Europe, Asia, and America.

Other achievements by VODAN-Africa include the development of FAIR Data curriculum under East Africa-based Digital Innovation and Skills Hub (DISH), certification of 30 Data Stewards in FAIR Data Steward Level 1, FAIR Data Steward Level 2, and FAIR Data Steward Level 3. In addition, 57 VODAN-Africa Researchers working across 12 countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe published 21 research articles under the Data Intelligence Special Issue on Patient Health Records published by MIT and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.