ITFC & IsDB’s digital initiative for Africa's medical staff

By Georgia Wilson
In response to the current pandemic, ITFC and IsDB alongside SMMAR, have launched a platform to facilitate learning and knowledge sharing between medica...

In response to the current pandemic, ITFC and IsDB alongside SMMAR, have launched a platform to facilitate learning and knowledge sharing between medical teams.

The establishment of the online platform is a response by the three organisations to strengthen the capacity of its member countries, to withstand the socio-economic impact of COVID-19.

Under the Reverse Linkage Mechanism and the Arab Africa Trade Bridges (AATB), the initiative was launched to facilitate learning and knowledge sharing between medical teams for African member countries of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB), and was rolled out via two webinars focusing on pandemic preparedness and response, leveraging international expertise.

The E-Learning and Knowledge Sharing Platform, aligns with the IsDB group’s ‘3Rs COVID-19 Strategic Program: Response, Restore and Restart’, as well as the AATB Response to COVID-19 Crisis Plan.

Aims for the initiative:

  • To develop the capacity of medical staff in African countries, relating to their COVID-19 response protocols and approaches

  • Encouraging dialogue and scenario mapping to identify key challenges facing participating countries, outline best practice approaches

  • Facilitate engagement between decision makers and practitioners, paving the way for increased global collaboration

"To combat the COVID19 Pandemic, the sharing of experience, the transfer of technical expertise as well as the development of human and institutional capacities are as important as the supply of equipment and sanitary products. South-South cooperation is an effective and rapid means to achieve these objectives,” commented Mr. Amadou Thierno Diallo, Acting Director General Global Practices, IsDB.

The co-organisers of the initiative include:

  • The Moroccan Association of Emergency Medicine (SMMU)

  • The Moroccan Association of Medical Simulation (SIM)

  • The Morocco Red Crescent (CRM)

  • The Society of Anesthesia-Intensive Care of Francophone Africa (SARANF)

  • Tunisian Society of Anesthesia of Analgesia and Resuscitation (STAAR)

  • The Algerian Society of Anesthesia, Resuscitation, Intensive Care and Emergencies (SAARSIU)

“COVID-19 has dramatically affected our lives and has forced us to embrace the new norm. We need to consider other parameters that are more focused on preserving the environment and social well-being. While we find the best way to communicate, work and operate amidst this crisis, we need to stay united and strong to get through this phase together. A heartfelt gratitude to all the unsung heroes, our healthcare front liners, for their unwavering dedication and sacrifices, Commented Mr. Nazeem Noordali, COO ITFC commented.


For more information on business topics in Africa, please take a look at the latest edition of Business Chief EMEA.

Follow Business Chief on LinkedIn and Twitter.


Featured Articles

Top 10 largest revenue generating family businesses in MENAT

From the UAE to Turkey, these family firms are the largest by revenue in MENAT and cover everything from energy to entertainment

Top 10 metaverse projects in the UAE, including world firsts

As Accenture predicts the metaverse will fuel a US$1 trilion commerce opportunity by 2025, we round up 10 pioneering metaverse projects in the UAE

PwC’s survey shows Middle East CEOs remain upbeat on growth

CEOs in the Middle East are far more optimistic about regional growth than those in North America and Europe, according to PwC’s annual survey

Opinion: “Why we must tackle the digital skills crisis"

Leadership & Strategy

5 Mins With: Kathryn Kaminsky Vice Chair Trust Solutions PwC

Leadership & Strategy

Survey: The Future of Cloud Security in the Middle East