The Fogarty International Center, part of the US National Institutes of Health, today announced it will award more than $9.23 million to eight global health informatics programs over the next five years – two of them from Africa.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa will use its new award to develop research and training capacity in informatics through a Pan-African collaborative initiative involving institutions in Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The funds will allow the UKZN to continue to offer postgraduate programs in informatics while assisting other universities in Africa to establish their own medical informatics training programs.
And a grant will support the development of an East African Center of Excellence in Health Informatics. The center will be a major resource for improving local human capacity for health informatics and clinical research in sub-Saharan Africa, building upon an almost two-decade collaboration between Indiana University and Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya.