HELINA: Health Informatics in Africa
Regional Vice President to IMIA
Dr. Ghislain Kouematchoua Tchuithceu
Dr. Kouematchoua Tchuithceu is an IAHSI Fellow, Inaugural Class of 2017
2020 HELINA Region Report – Published in the 2021 IMIA Yearbook
2021 HELINA Region Report – Published in the 2022 IMIA Yearbook
The Health Informatics in Africa, (HELINA), is the Pan African Health Informatics Association and the African regional body of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).
HELINA was founded in 1993, in Ile-Ife, Nigeria following a conference organised by Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Eastern Finland under the auspices of IMIA.
The primary purpose of HELINA is to promote education and research in health informatics in Africa and the implementation of ethical, modern and evidence based health informatics to enhance access to quality healthcare in Africa. HELINA subscribes fully to the IMIA vision that “there will be a world-wide systems approach for healthcare.
Through this, clinicians, researchers, patients and people in general will be supported by informatics tools, processes and behaviors 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.”
HELINA was originally registered under Malian Law but is currently registered under Ghanaian Law.