Call for Papers for HELINA Conference

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Thu, 2018-05-03 09:29

The 2018 edition of the Pan-African health informatics conference (HELINA) is scheduled from 1st – 5th October 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference will be hosted by the Kenya Health Informatics Association (KeHIA) and will focus on how technology is being used to strengthen health systems in the African Region. HELINA conferences have been known to provide a platform for both academia and industry to showcase results of scientific research and industry practice.

Issues of specific interest are development and implementation of integrated e-Health plans and policies that enable capacity building for eHealth professionals, improving quality of health information and promotion of the meaningful use of health data to support and ground decision-making, improving access to essential medical supplies through improved supply chain and logistics, development of sustainable health information systems for service delivery and innovative health financing models that improve access to health. The role of digital health in health surveillance systems particularly due to emerging health threats including Non-Communicable Diseases, and therefore, the core participatory role of the client in detection, response, treatment and care. Special attention will be paid to the role of e-Health in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) voted by the UN in September 2015 and more specifically to goal 9, target 9c which aims to « Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in the least developed countries by 2020 ». 


The following topics have therefore been chosen as the main themes for the conference:

●       National and Regional e-Health Strategies and Policies

●       Health Information Systems Interoperability

●       Quality (Continuous Quality Improvement) and use of health data and systems

●       Human capacity building for e-Health

●       Application of technology in supply chain management

●       Sustainable ICT-solutions for health service delivery

●       Technology enabled health financing

The organizers of HELINA 2018 welcome original presentations in the following categories and encourage submissions for the Nursing Informatics session:

  1. Full research papers (presentation of mature research results, between 5 and 8 pages)
  2. Work in progress papers (articles between 5 and 8 pages)
  3. Case studies and experience papers (reports on e-Health interventions and implementations or lessons learned, 1 page abstract). The recommended structure of the abstract should include a short introduction, the objective of the intervention and lessons learned from the implementation.

Papers may be submitted in English or French and should not have been submitted to other conferences or journals. All papers will be subject to a double blind peer-reviewed evaluation and accepted full research papers will be published in a special edition of the Journal of Health Informatics in Africa ( Accepted work in progress papers and case studies/experience papers will be electronically published in the conference proceedings with ISBN number on the HELINA website. For a paper to be published, at least one of the authors must register for the conference and present the accepted paper.

The HELINA online paper submission system on must be used. The paper submission template found on the website, provides detailed instructions for authors aligned with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts to Biomedical Journals ( In case you encounter any difficulties in using the electronic submission system, please contact the HELINA 2018 technical team at

Important dates:

●       Paper submission deadline: 31st May, 2018

●       Paper acceptance notification: 15th July, 2018

●       Papers ready for publication deadline: 15th September, 2018

●       Conference dates: 1st – 5th October 2018

For more information, please contact:

●       Chair of the Conference: Ghislain Kouematchoua,

●       Chair of the local organizing committee: Steven Wanyee,

●       Chair of the Scientific Committee: Nicky Mostert-Phipps,

●       Co-chairs of the Scientific Committee:

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2019-05-03 09:29