Rwanda will host the second East African Community regional E-Health workshop and ministerial conference from 15th – 18th May 2018 in Kigali – Rwanda.
The Kigali conference is being organized by the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) in partnership with the University of Rwanda, East African community Secretariat and the EAC Regional Center of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering and e-Health (CEBE).
According to EASTECO Executive Secretary, Gertrude Ngabirano, the main objective of the forum will be to share experiences on the progress made by EAC partner states in using e-health initiatives to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially goal 3 (health related).
EASTECO is an EAC agency charged with promoting and coordinating the development, management and application of Science and Technology to support regional integration and socio-economic development.
Other objectives for the meeting are to discuss appropriate enabling environment for e-healthcare, including policies, governance mechanisms and institutional capacity regionally and on national level in general, and in particular (i) the standardization of e-health systems and (ii) data protection and privacy regime for e-health.
The event will also provide an opportunity to share national, regional and global experience in e-Health and Telemedicine programmes and solutions, biomedical engineering and allow participants to get insight into policy and regulatory systems, infrastructure and technologies, efficient partnerships to improve healthcare delivery.
The Kigali symposium will gather participants ranging from policymakers from both Governments and private sector organizations, e-Health and Telemedicine experts and professionals, Technology and ICT solutions providers, Research and Development institutions, Development Partners, International and non-profit organizations.
The May conference will be the second for Rwanda to host.
Rwanda hosted the first conference at the Serena Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda from 8th to 10th November 2010 that focused on both policy and technical elements in e-Health.
The October forum came up with key recommendation such as the Implementation of the East African Community Regional Integrated Telemedicine and e-Health Program, Technology and Infrastructure Improvements for e-Health system.
Another outcome of the meeting was the establishment of National Inter–Agency e-Health Working Groups at Partner States Level.