Harnessing to transform healthcare delivery and accelerate attainment of the sustainable development goals

15-18 May 2018

Kigali, Rwanda


Share experiences on the progress made by EAC Partner States in using e-health initiatives to achieve MDG and SDG goals


Discuss enabling environments for e-healthcare, including policies, governance mechanisms and institutional capacity regionally and nationally


Deliberate on sustainable financing of e-healthcare projects and Implementing Self-sustaining Telehealth Services


Strategise on accelerating and broadening access to Health Systems through technology and Infrastructure, including their implications on access to e-health services

About EASTECO eHA 2018

The conference focused on the enabling environment, technologies and financial schemes that would advance e-health among and between the countries of the EAC

“Harnessing Science, Technology and Innovation to Transform Healthcare Delivery and accelerate attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals in East Africa”

Activities at eHA 2018

This workshop was composed of the following sessions:

  1. Plenary sessions, with key-note speakers
  2. Parallel sessions with presentation of professional and scientific papers on technologies and services solutions for e-health and telemedicine (by IT and e-health researchers and professionals, Ministries-departments-agencies).

The workshop came up with proceedings of scientific and professional papers.

The activities of the Ministerial Conference was organised with plenary sessions with key-note speeches, and panel discussions with presentations by public and private sector Policy makers (including Ministers) and development partners.

A Round table of Investors, Development Partners and Ministers took place in the Afternoon of Day 3.

  • Closing ceremony, at end of Day 3
  • Proposal on the operationalisation of the EAC Regional Working Group in e-Health;
  • Recommendations and Resolutions.

Exhibition and posters spaces (with booths) were provided in the vicinity of the Conference and were open throughout the event, to allow professional and private companies to showcase available technologies and solutions in e-Health.The exhibition also provided opportunities for public and private learning institutions as well as research organisations, public bodies and civil society organisation to share their innovations and ongoing work in e-health, telemedicine and bio-medical engineering.

The participants got the opportunity to visit:

  • The Genocide Memorial;
  • Health Facilities using e-Health and Telemedicine in Rwanda

Ministerial Panel Picture, from left to right: Dr. Rashid Aman, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Republic of Kenya; Hon. Ken. Obura, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of East African Community and Norther Corridor Development, Republic of Kenya; Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali H. Kirunda Kivejinja, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for EAC Affairs, Republic of Uganda and Chairperson of EAC Council of Ministers; Hon. Sarah Achieng Opendi, State Minister for Health – General Duties, Republic of Uganda; Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi, Minister of State in the Ministry of Health in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care, Republic of Rwanda; Mr. Toritoi Ngosayon Bunto, Ag. High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania in Rwanda; representing Hon. Dr. Ummy Ally Mwalimu, Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Seniors and Children in URT.

Who got involved


EASTECO hosted ministerial members and over 300 attendees to seek innovative ways to improve health delivery in Africa


Four parallel sessions were scheduled in the mornings and in the afternoons, with 4 or 5 papers presented in each session.


The exhibitions provided opportunities to share innovations and on-going work in e-health, telemedicine and bio-medical engineering.

Speakers challenged participants to "Discuss how technology can be used to enhance healthcare delivery"

Ms. Gertrude Ngabirano, Executive Secretary of EASTECO

Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali H. Kirunda Kivejinja, Second Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for EAC Affairs, Republic of Uganda and Chairperson of EAC Council of Ministers