AfricArxiv had a chance to present in bilingual “open health” webinar Organized by the Makers Nord Sud collective with the support of the Direcct program of the French Development Agency
AfricArxiv had a chance to present in bilingual “open health” webinar Organized by the Makers Nord Sud collective with the support of the Direcct program of the French Development Agency. The webinar intended to promote the sharing of health solutions through openness and has organized several webinars on the topic. Since its involvement in “open health” from 2020 with French speaking networks such as My Human Kit, Makers Nord South solidarity project they have been involved in sharing of health solutions through open hardware.
The planning of the webinar was a result of discussions that were about the lack of knowledge of distributed conception and fabrication of open hardware solutions. Of importance in the discussions, was that open access and digital commons enables the rapid sharing of research findings and resources. For example during COVID-19 this allowed the development of vaccines, treatments and public health policies. Considering the COVID-19 crisis, there has been need to learn and share methods and tools to achieve health differently by sharing non-exclusive solutions conveyed by digital technology. Considering that digital commons can play an important role in health and health research. The sharing of information across stakeholders can help facilitate and accelerate scientific discovery and improve health outcomes. Therefore the webinar focused on sharing information about digital commons in the field of health and discovering what can be done with open hardware, distributed fabrication and other granularities of commons. This webinar, which was conducted in both English and French, involved sharing of information and reflecting on digital commons that make it possible to share tools, knowledge and solutions in the field of health amongst international qualified speakers from different countries (Vanuatu, Cameroon, Senegal, France, Belgium, Botswana and Ivory coast). Topics of discussion included advocacy for health commons, open data and science in health and methodologies around the commons.
Webinars such as these can help raise awareness of the benefits of open access, such as improving access to important health information for health care providers, researchers and other stakeholders. They can also highlight the challenges and opportunities associated with open access. More information about the webinar can be accessed here and video can be accessed below.