Health Informatics Training and Research in East Africa for Improved Health Care (HI-TRAIN) is collaborative capacity building program between Moi University – Kenya, University of Bergen – Norway and Makerere university – Uganda.
Our goal is to facilitate appropriate use of health information technology to improve individual and population health through health system strengthening, cost-savings, improved access, and better-informed policy decisions. With a healthier population comes improved economic development. Gender balance and inclusion of marginalized populations also have positive social, economic and cultural impact.
What we are trying to do
- Providing post-graduate (Masters and PhD) level training in Health Informatics and research.
- Increasing the number of women and marginalized populations in faculty-level training in Health Informatics and research.
- Improving the quality and quantity of Health Informatics research.
- Providing model curricula, educational programs and approaches for faculty-level health informatics training.
Moi University is a Kenyan public university located in Eldoret, western Kenya. It was the second public university to be established in Kenya, after the University of Nairobi. It is one of seven fully fledged public institutions of higher learning in Kenya. It was established in 1984 by the Moi University Act of Parliament. The university is a regional leader in Health Informatics implementation and research. It provides healthcare services through its school of medicine to a catchment area of 3.5 million in western regions of Kenya through the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) program.
Makerere University is Uganda‘s largest and second-oldest higher institution of learning, first established as a technical school in 1922. In 1963 it became the University of East Africa, offering courses leading to general degrees from the University of London. It became an independent national university in 1970.
The University of Bergen is located in Bergen, Norway. Although founded as late as 1946, academic activity had taken place at Bergen Museum as far back as 1825. The university today serves more than 14,500 students, and is one of eight universities in Norway.
The program is funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) through The Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED). NORHED aims at strengthening Higher Education institutions in Developing countries.
General approach to education and research
HI-TRAIN takes a regional and collaborative approach to improve faculty-level HI training and research. Our partners recognize that rather than working in parallel and isolation, it is important that different educational institutions, scientific disciplines and countries come together to develop shared methods and knowledge in Health Informatics informed by a variety of relevant perspectives. With complimentary contribution by each partner, we ground our training through practice, and focus on sustainable capacity building. HI-TRAIN encompasses all targeted dimensions, from graduate and post-graduate training and hands-on training through real world Health Informatics research practicums.