VODAN Africa is the Africa Implementation Network of Universities and Hospitals in Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Tunisia and Zimbabwe; as well as Professors and graduate students from the University of Leiden supported by the GO FAIR Foundation. The initiative is funded by the Philips Foundation to enable distributed access to the critical data needed from Africa and the rest of the world to fight and contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The Virus Outbreak Data Africa Network will ensure that medical data are discoverable by computers and accessible under governance regulations. Data will not be displaced as data are visited by the algorithms based on the access accorded to the data by data stewards.
The Implementation Network for Africa is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor of Kampala International University, Dr. Mouhamed Mpezamihigo. Other partner universities include Moi University, and Tangaza University in Kenya; the Great Zimbabwe University, University de Sousse, Tunisia, and Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria; Mekelle University and the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. The original VODAN Africa network was expanded to include partners from Indonesia, Kazakhstan and China on 27 October 2020 and the project renamed VODAN Africa and Asia.
The first step is the virtual Training for Trainers trajectory, free of charge and online on virtual platforms where data analysts will be guided to establish FAIR Data Points, to ensure data are linked and useable for global corona-relevant analytics, followed by AI powered data analytics.