Date and Venue

23 - 24 February 2013

at Soba Teaching and Training Centre, University of Khartoum Medical Campus, Khartoum, Sudan

Friday, February 22, 2013

Map to Workshop Venue

Dear Participant,

You can use our modest map below to get to Soba Teaching and Training Centre where the workshop will be held, or you can locate it using google maps.

Looking forward to welcome you.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Paul on the role of stories in knowledge management

In an interview with Find the Edge, Paul  talks about the use of stories to bring about innovation in organisations.

Although the target audience for this interview are readers of business news in general, and business leaders in particular, it may also be useful for innovation in the public sector as his ideas are more about "... bringing knowledge management to life!"

Read / Listen to first part of the interview here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Workshop Announcement

Guest Speaker: 

Mr. Paul Corney (Managing Partner: Knowledge et al.) 

Co-organised by:

  • Soba Training, Education and Examination Centre – University of Khartoum
  • Epidemiological Laboratory – Public Health Research Centre
  • Public Health Institute – Federal Ministry of Health
  • Sudan Medical and Scientific Research Institute – University of Medical Sciences and Technology
In Collaboration with the Sudanese Knowledge Society


Healthcare is experiencing an exponential growth in the scientific understanding of diseases, treatments and approaches to care. As a consequence, healthcare knowledge is being generated at a rapid pace and its utilisation can profoundly impact patient care and health outcomes even when efficacy has been validated and has led to technical endorsement. However, this growth of knowledge is not going hand in hand with our ability to effectively disseminate, translate and apply current healthcare knowledge in clinical practice. In fact, the large volume of healthcare knowledge, dispersed across different mediums, is making it extremely difficult for healthcare professionals to be aware of and to apply relevant knowledge to make the ‘best’ patient care decisions.

This workshop will focus on healthcare knowledge management, an emerging research theme that supports healthcare professionals in making high quality, well-informed and cost-effective patient care decisions. Knowledge management implemented well, promises ‘to transform the health care delivery system into a more cost-effective, error averse and accountable public resource’. The workshop will promote interdisciplinary approaches from public health and evidence-based medicine, rural development and pro-poor healthcare provision approaches, computer science and information systems, business, management and organization science, as well as provide a communication forum bringing together academia, non-governmental, public and private sectors, to investigate the application and impact of knowledge management practices in healthcare delivery; discuss the challenges faced by continuous learning in knowledge-intensive healthcare delivery organisations; and highlight knowledge management and knowledge management capacity as an opportunity for providing optimal, timely, effective and pragmatic healthcare knowledge to healthcare professionals, patients and individuals, where and when they need it, and as an approach for linking practice and evidence for performance improvement.

The specific objectives of the workshop are to:
  • Explore current issues and practices in knowledge management and their implications for public health in Sudan.
  • Examine the fundamentals of knowledge management in the context of healthcare: Culture, Content, Process and Technology.
  • Network with decision makers and change agents in knowledge management, public health and the wider community.

The workshop will examine theoretical and practical issues in the implementation of knowledge management concepts and techniques, as well as innovative ideas and experiences that are relevant to the context of developing countries. In particular, we will look into case studies that demonstrate how knowledge management strategies that have been applied and the lessons learned, with special interest on knowledge management initiatives which are lightweight and those that allow incremental adoption, and with emphasis on systematic learning from experience. The outcomes for participants are ideas and perhaps action points on wide range of questions such as:
  • What are the categories of knowledge and the nature of knowledge-intensive activities in healthcare; aspects of performance in healthcare delivery; social practices of knowledge acquisition and sharing; that are significant for improving health outcomes?
  • Which challenges and opportunities in healthcare such as those related to knowledge content and capability transfer, performance results tracking mechanisms, technology and support infrastructure, healthcare structures and communities of practice, that have an impact on  healthcare decision making?
  • How can healthcare professionals tailor, use, and extend techniques and tools from knowledge management and organisational learning for improving their healthcare practices and processes?

Programme Content:

  • Keynote on “Knowledge and Health: Implications for Sudan”.
  • Overview of the local public health system and relevant knowledge/information initiatives.
  • Presentations from local case studies (more notably the Mycetoma Research Centre).
  • Knowledge Cafes for thinking out of the box and thinking about the future. 
  • Software demonstrations (featuring open source knowledge management tools for health care).

Registration & Fees:

To attend the workshop, please fill this registration form.

Because of limited spaces please only register if you will be attending at least one full workshop day. 

Participation in this workshop is free of charge.

About the Guest Speaker

Paul J Corney is an advisor, coach and knowledge management practitioner. He is an early pioneer of intranets in the mid 90s and one of the first ‘knowledge managers’ in the City of London I’ve led many challenging assignments, often cross culture, and frequently cross continent. I was a visiting lecturer on knowledge and information management at London Metropolitan University and have published numerous articles the most recent of which is featured in Making Knowledge Management Work for Your Organization published by Ark Group in 2012.  I speak at and chair international events and run masterclasses. In 2013 I am again chairing KMUK, running a masterclass on knowledge retention in Singapore and helping the health industry in Sudan to share knowledge.

Diplomacy intrigues me. I am a member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and the Institute of Directors. I’ve been the Chairman of Pyecombe Golf Club and the Manager of Hassocks Football Club both of which taught me the need for effective engagement.

Workshop Programme

Day 1 – Saturday 23rd February from 8:30 am to 4pm

Opening Session: Chair – Dr. Gada Kadoda
8:30 – 9
Arrival & Registration
9 – 9:30
Opening and Welcome by Workshop Co-organisers
9:30 – 10:30
Keynote Talk on “Knowledge and Health: Implications for Sudan” (Mr. Paul Corney)

Session 1 (Sudan Public Health System): Chair – Professor Abdalla Elkhawad
10:30  – 11:30
Overview of Sudan Public Health System and Information Flows & Local Public Health Knowledge Related Initiatives: Making innovation work for the poor (Professor Asma Elsony)
11:30 – 11:45

Session 2 (Sudan Public Health Research): Chair – Dr. Iqbal Ahmed Elbasheer
11:45 – 12:45
The Mycetoma Research Centre: Case study (Professor Ahmed Fahal)
12:45 – 1:30

Round-table Discussion Sessions
1:30 – 2:30
Thinking outside of the box (Mr. Paul Corney)
2:30 – 4:00
Knowledge Café (Mr. Paul Corney)

Day 2 – Sunday 24th February from 9am to 4pm

Session 1 (Paper Presentations): Chair – Dr. Dalia Yahia
9 – 11:30
-          Knowledge Management at the Public Health Institute (Dr. Amjad Wedaa)
-          Knowledge management or evidence management? The quality chasm (Dr. Abdelmoniem Mukhtar)
-          EpiLab's Path Finding in Knowledge Management and on Models for Public Health Services: Ongoing Initiatives and Way Forward (Uz. Rofaida Elzubair)
-          Open Access: Friend not Foe (Dr. Rania Baleela)
-          Leveraging ICTs for better public health (Dr. Nazik Nurelhuda)
-          Knowledge Management’s “Technologies of Inscription” (Dr. Gada Kadoda)
11:30 – 11:45

Session 2 (Software Demonstrations & Posters Display)
11:45 – 12:45
-          KM Open Source Software for the Health Sector (Iram Oshari, Nada Mahmoud – Sudanese Knowledge Society)
-          KOHA Integrated Library System (Rudwan Siddig Elsheikh – Public Health Institute)
-          Asthma Patient Follow-up System (Arweena Seed Ahmed, Mai Faysal, Yasser Ahmed – Garden City College for Science and Technology)
-          Vaccination Monitoring System (Innovation Lab Pilot Project Team – Sudan University of Science & Technology)
-          Birth Registration System (Eman Abuobeida, Tayba Elsdeeg, Salma Mahgob – Sudan University of Science & Technology)
-          PHI forum (Reem Gaafar, Abdelmoniem Mukhtar – Public Health Institute)
-          Clearing house (Osman Almahal – Public Health Institute)
12:45 – 1:30

Round-table Discussion Sessions
1:30 – 3:00
Thinking about the future (Mr. Paul Corney)
3:00 – 3:45
Future Story (Mr. Paul Corney)

Closing Session: Chair – Professor Ahmed Fahal
3:45 – 4:00
Participants’ Reflections & Workshop Recommendations