About the Conference

The 2019 edition of the Pan-African health informatics conference (HELINA) took place at the University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana, from 20th – 22nd November 2019.

The conference was hosted by the University of Botswana (UB) e-Health Research Unit in collaboration with the Botswana Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW), Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI), the Botswana Health Information Management Association (BoHIMA), with support from Health First.

The conference focussed mainly on evidence to practice digital health interventions to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). Globally, digital health is an enabler for equitable health care access, from clinical care to public health.

To address discussions on Universal Health Coverage, the conference provided a platform for attendees to showcase sustainable and beneficial digital health interventions in the health informatics niche. Read more →

Goals of HELINA 2019 Conference

As the African regional body for the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), HELINA sought to highlight the critical aims for holding the 2019 conference. These include:

  • Providing a venue for the promotion, assimilation and dissemination of intellectual knowledge to the African and international health informatics community
  • Promote research and innovation in digital health and sharing of findings from such studies as new evidence for the most effective solutions to health challenges
  • Promote the development and implementation of an African digital health strategy as well as the development of digital health policies in each African country
  • Showcase best practices in Health Informatics and its application in Africa
  • Highlight the role of Health Informatics applications for development in Africa
  • Foster the creation of networks between African Countries as well as digital health initiatives in Africa
  • Foster the development of Health Informatics – including Nursing Informatics – research and education in Africa.
  • Provide a platform for African and International Health Informatics experts to network, exchange ideas and initiate projects to meet global health challenges


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