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.
- to develop education and research programs adapted to the African context, fostering alliance with government and the private sector,
- and to develop a strategic plan for the sustainable development of Health Informatics and e-health in Africa.