OSHCA (Africa Chapter) Meeting; 17-20 June 2008; Elangeni Hotel, Durban, South Africa

On behalf of the OSHCA community and our funders, the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Health Organization, the Fogarty International Centre, National Institutes of Health, USA, and the South African Medical Research Council we invite you to attend the first meeting of the OSHCA Africa Chapter from 17-20 June 2008 at the Elangeni Hotel, Durban, South Africa.

The Meeting will be held in association with the biannual Health Informatics in South Africa Conference (www.hisa.co.za) and the OpenMRS Implementers Meeting (www.openmrs.org). Prospective attendees should complete the registration form on the HISA web site (http://hisa.airwave.co.za/?display=registration&heading=Registration). Please enter the word `OSHCA’ in the space reserved for the SAHIA Membership Number.

A satellite meeting devoted to open source mobile (PDA, Cell phone) health application development and mobile health data collection, hosted by the OpenROSA consortium, will be held on Monday 16 June 2008 at the same venue.  A limited number of places are available and prospective attendees should contact the organizer, Dr Chris Seebregts (chris.seebregts@mrc.ac.za) or the meeting administrator, Anthea van Blerk (anthea.van.blerk@mrc.ac.za), directly, providing details of the applicant, organization, contact details and reason for wanting to attend.

The Full Programme for both events is still being finalized.  However, an interim version is available on the conference web site and updates are published from time to time.  If you would like to submit a presentation, please contact the organizer, Dr Chris Seebregts (chris.seebregts@mrc.ac.za). The meeting will have significant technical content including a developer codefest and interoperability workshop that will include other open source health software.

Who should attend
Developers of health data collection applications
Mangers of health facilities with a requirement for data collection
Open source developers

A limited amount of funding is available to assist with the travel and accommodation costs of existing or prospective open source health software developers and implementers from Africa or other developing countries who do not have institutional funding. Please send details of the applicant, organization, contact details and a motivation for why you want to attend this meeting including details of any existing or planned OpenMRS Implementation and e-mail to Anthea van Blerk (anthea.van.blerk@mrc.ac.za).

Contact details
Anthea van Blerk
E-mail: anthea.van.blerk@mrc.ac.za
Tel: 27 21 938 0851

Dr Chris Seebregts
E-mail : chris.seebregts@mrc.ac.za
Tel: 27 21 938 0318 (w);
+27 82 461 5556 (m);
chrisseebregts (skype)
Postal: Box 19070, Tygerberg 7505, South Africa

Biomedical Informatics Research Division,
e-Health Research and Innovation Platform,
Medical Research Council,
Cape Town, South Africa
University of KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa