The West Africa Health Informatics Team (WAHIT), based at the West African Health Organization (WAHO), is a team of software developers and health information system experts that provide on-demand technical assistance to countries while building local capacity in the region. Originally founded in the wake of the Ebola outbreak as a proof of concept to test innovative models for building local health informatics capacity, WAHIT evolved into a foundational component of WAHO’s leadership in health information strengthening, building capacity at national and regional levels. This report details WAHIT’s journey from inception to implementation by HP+ to eventually being incorporated into WAHO’s structure for long-term sustainability. The adaptation of WAHIT, results, and lessons learned are captured throughout.
Nerad, L. and A. Kanimba. 2020. New Models for Building Health Informatics Technical Capacity: Establishing the West Africa Health Informatics Team (WAHIT). Washington, DC: Palladium, Health Policy Plus. USAID DEC: PA-00W-GV3
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