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AfDB launches eHealth Award to seek African ICT health solutions

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched a competition for innovative and sustainable information and communication technology (ICT) solutions for the health sector in Africa.

In a statement, the Bank said April 17, 2012 that the eHealth Award aims to discover current work being done in the fields of e- and m-health in Africa; to encourage the production and sharing of knowledge on eHealth solutions, and provide added value through the sharing of lessons learnt in e- and m-health.

The award targets a range of participants, including individuals, NGOs, development organizations, companies, academic institutions and research facilities. The criteria and focus of the award are centered on usage of ICT to increase access to health services; using ICT to increase the utilization of essential health services and the evaluation of eHealth solutions to improve efficiency in the delivery of health services.

The deadline for submissions from participants is May 30, 2012, the AfDB said adding that submissions should be an “abstract of 500 words from their projects, after which the shortlisted candidates will need to produce an evaluation report.”

The winning projects will be presented in an AfDB publication and winners will be given a prize, it stated.

By Ekow Quandzie

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