Open Architecture Standards and Information Systems (OASIS II) - Developing Capacity, Sharing Knowledge and Good Principles Across eHealth in Africa

Health care across much of the African continent is hampered by meager resources and a growing burden of disease, with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria leading the charge. Timely, accurate, affordable and appropriate information plays a critical role in patient care delivery and public health management. Electronic health (eHealth) is a growing field that covers telemedicine and health informatics. The former is concerned with remote diagnostics and latter with the collection, storage, retrieval and use of health information in resource-constrained settings.

An earlier phase of support to Open Architecture Standards and Information Systems (OASIS) was funded under project 104508. OASIS II aims to develop capacity, share knowledge and share good principles across eHealth projects in Africa through a network of networks that support locally-owned, relevant and sustainable health informatics solutions. The members of OASIS II recognize the need to move away from "information silos" organized vertically by disease, and toward an interoperable system in which data adhere to common standards and a common enterprise architecture.

The project will work at different levels (village, national and international) to achieve the following goals: build local capacity; conduct action research on the nuanced relationship between health outcomes and information and communication technology (ICT); design and assess interoperable eHealth systems for resource-constrained settings; and analyze the outcomes of networking processes that cut across various health conditions, actors, programs, units of analysis and environments (capacity building, policy and technology).

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

End Date

Thursday, March 29, 2012


24 months

IDRC Officer

Sinha, Chaitali

Total funding

CA$ 2,100,000


North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Seebregts, Chris, Dr.


Jembi Health Systems (Association Incorporated under Section 21)

Institution Country

South Africa

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