The new HELINA Education Working Group was launched at the 9th HELINA conference in Ghana, and confirmed as an official Working Group under the leadership of Professor Graham Wright at the meeting of the HELINA Board on Sunday 8 March, 2015.

The HELINA Education WG will foster the aims, objectives and policies of HELINA by providing a platform for the development of initiatives to support the membership of HELINA in relationship to Health Informatics Education, Training and Research.

The WG will operate through worksets, which will consist of members who have volunteered to give their time and expertise in specific planned activity on behalf of HELINA. As a way of interacting with the greater community, we have set up a group on Linkedin


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HELINA stands for Health Informatics in Africa. It is the pan African Health Informatics Association and the Africa Region of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). HELINA is officially registered under the Malian law.


HELINA subscribes in full with the IMIA vision which is that there will be a world-wide systems approach for healthcare. 

Clinicians, researchers, patients and people in general will be supported by informatics tools, processes and behaviours that make it easy to do the right thing, in the right way, at the right time to improve healthcare for all. This systems approach will incorporate and integrate research, clinical care and public health.

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HELINA is a young region created in 1993 and has at present the objective:

to get African countries to develop their National Health Informatics Societies so that they can qualify to join the World of Health Informatics by becoming a member of IMIA. This step will make them automatic members of HELINA.

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The first ever MEDINFO (the World Conference on Health Informatics of IMIA) hold in Africa

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HELINA Board members

President:  Dr. Tom Oluoch
President elect: Dr. Frances Baaba Da-Costa Vroom 
Secretary:  Steven Wanyee
Treasurer: Dr. Innocent Nanan
Past-President: Dr. Ghislain Kouematchoua Tchuitcheu 
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The African countries who thus far are full members of IMIA are:


Association for Health Informatics of Nigeria AHIN Dr. Olusegun S Odujebe
Ghana Health Informatics Association Dr. Wisdom Atiwoto
Kenya Health Informatics Association KeHIA Mr Tom Oluoch
Medical Informatics Association of Malawi MIAM Mr. Boster Sibande
South African Health Informatics Association SAHIA Dr. Lyn A Hanmer
Société Camerounaise d’Informatique Médicale SOCIM Dr. Ghislain Kouematchoua Tchuitcheu
Association Burundaise d’Informatique Medicale ABIM Dr. Frank Verbeke
Societe Ivoirienne de Biosciences et d’Informatique Medicale SIBIM Dr Innocent M  Nanan
Société Malienne d’Informatique Biomédicale et de Santé SOMIBS Dr. Cheikh Oumar Bagayoko
Togolese Association of Medical Informatics and Telemedicine ATIM-TELEMED Mr. Koumaada Walimba Badombena-Wanta


Corresponding member countries are Algeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. These countries will become full members in due course.