Date and Venue

23 - 24 February 2013

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

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.

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