Human Capital Potential & sustainable training of the Healhcare professionals willing to implement the solution in the communities

The HOLICARE Academy

is designed to reinforce human capital in Africa.

Its implementation via the e-learning platform has 3 main objectives:

The transfer of know-how from Europe to Africa and also between African states
The creation of career development programmes while boosting the entrepreneurship potential of young people
The involvement of stakeholders to build awareness about the public health benefits of innovative diagnostic solutions while providing resources to the general public

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Annual Conferences and Workshops

Ethiopia 2023

HOLICARE workshops at the Armauer Hansen Research Institute.

Hands-on experiences at the first HOLICARE Academy Workshop

The Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) in Addis Abeba hosted the HoliCare academy for the first project workshop. Over the course of three days, the invited participants experienced blended learning and knowledge sharing through lectures and medical laboratory demonstrations.

The interactive exchanges between the participants from Ethiopia (AHRI) and participants from Institut Pasteur de Dakar from Senegal, Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Makerere University from Uganda are particularly noteworthy. The south-to-south knowledge exchange aspect is what makes the HoliCare project unique.

The workshop featured introductory lectures on molecular diagnostic tools such as quantitative PCR, Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), and microfluidics. Highlights included hands-on assembly of paper-based lateral flow assay (LFA) and their advantages for point-of-care testing in resource-limited settings. Participants also got hands-on experience working in the labs to carry out next generation sequencing for pathogen identification and characterization. During the COVID-19 pandemic AHRI was one of the few labs in Africa that did genome sequencing.

Uganda 2024

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Senegal 2025

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Research Exchange

HOLICARE project implements a research exchange programme between consortium partners. Researchers from Sub Saharan Africa are selected for study visits to research institutions in Europe. Since the project started in 2022, seven researchers were selected for research exchange through secondments by their home institutions. The institutions that made secondments are Institut Pasteur de Dakar (IPD) in Senegal, Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) in Ethiopia, Makerere University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Uganda. Each of these four institutions seconded two researchers except for MUST which seconded one researcher. The researchers from IPD are hosted by MAST and Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). KTH also hosted one of the two researchers from Ethiopia who completed her exchange visit. The second researcher from Ethiopia and the researcher from MUST were seconded to Karolinka Institute (KI) in Sweden. The two researchers from Makerere University were seconded to Teesside University in the United Kingdom. 

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